HANDGUN AND DRUG POSSESSION NETS 16 YEARS IN PRISON

An Absecon man was sentenced to 16 years in prison for two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted person and possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Marlon Hargis, 28, of Marlborough Avenue, must serve eight years in prison before being eligible for parole in accordance with Dec. 14 guilty plea, according to Assistant Prosecutor David Ruffenach.

On Oct. 30, 2008, the Pleasantville Police Department conducted a motor vehicle stop. When the officers approached the vehicle, Hargis got out of the vehicle and ran across Main Street to a public housing parking lot. Police continued to chase the suspect onto Charles Avenue, at which point an officer observed a handgun in Hargis’ hands. As Hargis was fleeing, he discarded a .40-caliber handgun and 50 bags of heroin along the path that he was running and an additional 195 bags of heroin were discovered at Hargis’ vehicle. Hargis was apprehended and charged with the crimes shortly after.

On Aug. 12, 2009 while out on bail, Hargis was stopped in his vehicle by Atlantic City Police Officers on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Two handguns were found inside the vehicle. Hargis was arrested and lodged in the Atlantic County Justice Facility. An Atlantic County Grand Jury indicted the defendant in January of 2009 and in April of 2010, Assistant Prosecutor Ruffenach said.

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