On May 23, 2023, the Honorable Bernard J. DeLury, Jr., P.J.C sentenced Joaquin DeJesus, 53, of Atlantic City on two counts of second-degree Certain Persons Not to Possess Firearms to concurrent eight-year terms in New Jersey State Prison, with five-year periods of parole ineligibility.
DeJesus pleaded guilty on April 11, 2023.
On October 29, 2021, the A.C.P.D.Special Investigations Unit and SWAT Team executed a court-authorized search warrant at 21 South Mansion Avenue, Apartment A-3.
SWAT breached the door and made contact with DeJesus. He was secured and identified as the only occupant of the residence.
Located in the residence was the following: $1,200.00 in U.S. currency, approximately 38 clear plastic baggies containing cocaine, a rifle bag containing an AM-15 rifle packaged in parts with extended magazines, a bag containing a Colt .38 Special revolver loaded with six rounds of .38 ballpoint ammunition, a bag containing a handgun box which had a Beretta 9mm model .92 with two magazines, one with 15 rounds of hollow point ammunition and one with 15 rounds of ball ammunition, and a bag containing an MP UZI 9mm with an extended magazine.
On May 10, 2022, following a plea agreement on the above matter, DeJesus was released from detention over the State’s objection.
On August 16, 2022, before DeJesus could return for his sentencing, members of the Atlantic City Police Department executed another search warrant at Room 1039 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City.
Prior to execution, the target of the investigation, DeJesus, exited the hotel and was subsequently stopped from entering his vehicle.
DeJesus was placed in custody for an outstanding warrant and was also found in possession of cocaine packaged for distribution.
SWAT Team members executed a “No Knock” search warrant on room 1039 on the same date.
Located inside the room safe were a loaded Springfield Armory 9mm handgun, cocaine, and US currency in the amount of $7,505.00.
Assistant Prosecutor David Little represented the State in this matter.