MAYS LANDING — Two Atlantic County men were sentenced Friday to prison on charges connected to a countywide drug distribution network, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced.

Ameer Stephens, 38, of Mays Landing, was sentenced to 24 years in prison with 10½ years of parole ineligibility on charges of leader of a narcotics trafficking network and convicted person not to possess a handgun, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said.

Diaab Siddiq, (aka Marshall Davis), 50, of Atlantic City, was sentenced to 12 years in prison with eight years of parole ineligibility on charges of production facility, possession of heroin with intent to distribute, convicted person not to possess a handgun and money laundering, Tyner said.

Stephens was arrested July 7, 2016, when d etectives, police officers and agents simultaneously executed 19 search warrants for residences and commercial properties in Atlantic City, Galloway Township, Egg Harbor Township, Hamilton Township, Hammonton and Pleasantville, Tyner said.

The search warrants resulted in the seizure of 12,225 bags of heroin, about 8 ounces of raw, unpackaged heroin, 8 ounces of suspected Fentanyl and about 2 pounds of cocaine, Tyner said.

Prior investigations connected to the drug raid yielded additional drugs, cash and weapons, Tyner said. In total, 11 vehicles and $155,000 in cash were also seized, along with six handguns, he said.

Forty-two defendants were charged in connection with the narcotics trafficking network and Stephens and S iddiq, were indicted as leaders of the network, Tyner said.

Stephens, who posted bail in September 2016, was detained March 7, 2017, pursuant to criminal justice reform when police discovered a hidden compartment in Stephens’ vehicle containing an illegal handgun and an additional kilo of heroin, Tyner said.

In pleading guilty, Stephens told the court he acted in the capacity of a financier, organizer, supervisor, or manager of other persons in the conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine in 2016 throughout Atlantic County, Tyner said.

Stephens also told the court he illegally possessed a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, Tyner said.

The investigation was part of a joint investigation between city police, the Prosecutor’s Office, FBI and State Police, Tyner said.

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