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Well-Being Check Results in 2 Arrests, Handguns and CDS Recovered

On October 10, 2022, Atlantic City Police Officers conducting a well-being check led to the arrest of two individuals and the recovery of two handguns and a large quantity of marijuana.

At 5:59 PM, Officers Aidan Richardson and Dion Liu were flagged down by a concerned citizen in the first block of South Michigan Avenue regarding two individuals inside a parked vehicle possibly experiencing a medical emergency. The officers approached the parked vehicle and observed a male, Gregory Donzuso, in the driver’s seat and a female, Shannon Lockhart, in the passenger seat. The occupants appeared to be sleeping and upon further evaluation the officers determined Lockhart was having a medical emergency. They immediately rendered medical aid until EMS personnel arrived on scene. As the officers continued their well-being check, they observed what appeared to be a large quantity of marijuana packaged inside a large open box in the rear seat of the vehicle. The ensuing investigation led to a search of the vehicle where officers recovered a total of approximately 14.6 pounds of marijuana. The officers also located two defaced 9mm handguns, a thirty-round magazine loaded with hollow point ammunition, a silencer, three rifle rounds, and a digital scale. Additionally, the officers seized $546.00 in US currency believed to be proceeds of CDS sales. Both Donzuso and Lockhart were taken into custody without incident.

ARRESTED: Gregory Donzuso, 34, of Hammonton, NJ.

ARRESTED: Shannon Lockhart, 33, of Egg Harbor City, NJ.

CHARGES: Unlawful possession of a weapon (2 counts), possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose (2 counts), possession of a defaced firearm (2 counts), possession of a large capacity magazine, possession of hollow point bullets, possession of a silencer, possession of a weapon while committing a CDS offense, possession of marijuana over 6 ounces, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Donzuso was additionally charged with certain persons not to possess weapons.

Donzuso and Lockhart were remanded to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. The public is reminded that charges are mere allegations and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Anyone with information about the distribution of narcotics is urged to contact the Atlantic City Police Department Special Investigations Section at 609-347-5858 or text anonymously to tip411 (847411).  Begin the text with ACPD.

Alert sent on 10/12/2022 at 7:18PM EDT


Sergeant Paul Aristizabal


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