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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hamilton break-in leads to major drug bust

HAMILTON — Tuesday’s home invasion in Hamilton had more to it than police first suspected. Nineteen bricks of heroin more than they first suspected, actually.

Police arrested Jocelyn Hopson, 22, of Rex Court and Jamal Little, of Rex Court in Hamilton on charges of possession, possession with intent to distribute and possession near a public park after police executed a search warrant on the apartment Tuesday night and found 19 bricks of heroin. Hopson and Little are both being held on $250,000 bail, according to police.

Police caught onto the drugs after two men broke into an apartment on Rex Court Tuesday afternoon. Police responded to a burglary in progress call, according to a press release from the department. They found that the suspects, described as two black males, one wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and the other a black one, had fled the apartment after kicking in the front door.

After searching the area and a brief foot chase, officers arrested two men fitting the descriptions of the suspects, according to the release.

Edward S. Thorpe, 21, of Christoph Avenue in Trenton, was charged with robbery, burglary, weapons offenses, aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. He is being held on $350,000 cash bail, according to the release.

Desean D. Howard, 24, of Boudinot Street in Trenton, was charged with robbery and burglary. He is being held on $300,000 cash bail, according to the release.

Police said they later found out that the two men were searching for money and drugs when they broke into the apartment.


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