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Pair Arrested On Gun, Meth Charges In Atlantic City: Prosecutor

Paul Dawley and Jacquelyn Ryan
Paul Dawley and Jacquelyn Ryan Photo Credit: Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office

Two people were charged with a variety of drug and weapons offenses, authorities said.

On Friday, Jan. 27, Paul Dawley, 43, of Atlantic City and Jacquelyn Ryan, 33, from Warentown, were arrested and charged with narcotics and firearms-related offenses, according to the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

The target residence was registered/rented to Paul Dawley.

Prior to the execution of the search warrant, Dawley and Ryan were taken into custody without incident. Dawley was found to be in possession of multiple plastic bags containing suspected crystal methamphetamine, a 9mm handgun that was loaded with five rounds of 9mm ammunition, a retractable knife, and $257 cash, the prosecutor said.

Ryan was found to be in possession of a small plastic bag containing suspected crystal methamphetamine.

The following items were recovered from the residence: Approximately 30 purple containers of suspected crystal methamphetamine, one .40 caliber handgun loaded with 12 rounds of ammunition, multiple plastic bags containing suspected crystal methamphetamine, multiple pills of suspected ecstasy and pressed fentanyl pills, one white envelope containing suspected psilocybin mushrooms, one loaded hypodermic needle, one set of brass knuckles with a retractable knife, multiple Naloxone sublingual films and drug packaging materials, the prosecutor said.

Dawley and Ryan were transported back to the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and processed. 

Ryan was placed on a summons, charged with possession of methamphetamine and released. 

Dawley was charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses. He remained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.

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