MAYS LANDING — A 38 year-old Atlantic County man pleaded guilty Monday to leading a drug-trafficking network and various drug-related charges, authorities said.
Frank Gulli, who had residences in Egg Harbor Township, Brigantine, Somers Point and Margate, entered a guilty plea after a multiple-agency investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 80 bricks of heroin and fentanyl, Atlantic County Prosecutor Da-mon G. Tyner said.
Gulli pleaded guilty to leading a narcotics-trafficking network, possession of heroin and/or fentanyl in an amount greater than one-half of an ounce and possession of a controlled dangerous substance — heroin and/or fentanyl — in a public zone, according to a press release from the Prosecutor’s Office.
The plea agreement recommends he serve 18 years in state prison, serving at least half the sentence before being considered for parole, the release said.
This investigation involved several search warrants: on March 17, 2017, by Brigantine Detective John Glasser; on April 27, 2017, and May 1, 2017, by Linwood Detective Charles Champion; and on July 11, 2017, by Egg Harbor Township Detective Richard Vogt.
Gulli also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and posing a risk of serious injury to police detectives. As part of Gulli’s guilty plea, he said he attempted to flee from the first Linwood search warrant execution and nearly ran over three detectives with his car, the release said.
Detectives later seized 40 bricks of heroin from Gulli’s vehicle trunk, the release said.
Gulli also admitted to tampering with evidence on April 30, 2017, by sending a message from Atlantic County jail to a co-defendant telling him to move heroin and fentanyl before police could locate it, the release said.
Detectives seized an additional 40 bricks of heroin/fentanyl from a co-conspirator in Linwood, the release said.
This investigation included the Brigantine Police Department, Linwood Police Department, Egg Harbor Township Police Department, Somers Point Police Department, Atlantic County Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Unit and Atlantic County S.W.A.T.