CAMDEN, NJ — A 35-year-old Camden man was charged for having a handgun despite being a previously convicted felon and for possessing fentanyl with plans to distribute, authorities announced Thursday. 

Desmund Walker made his first appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams today via video conference. He was detained without bail.

His charges by complaint include one count of illegal possession of a handgun and one count of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl.

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"On May 16, 2020, patrol officers from the Camden County Police Department – Metro Division encountered Walker in the vicinity of South 8th and Thurman streets in Camden," according to a release by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino, who reffered to case documents and court statements. "Walker fled from the officers, discarding a fully loaded Rohm, model RG10, .22 caliber revolver and cellular telephone as he scaled a fence and fled through Robert B. Johnson Park."

Under federal law, Walker was not allowed to have a handgun. When apprehended, he reportedly also had 0.19 grams of fentanyl wrapped in 93 white wax folds.

The authorities said he faces a max penalty of 10 years and $250,000 fine for the gun charge, as well as 20 years and $1 million fine for the drug charge. 

The following contributed in the investigation:

  • Special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson
  • Newark Field Division
  • Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Joe Wysocki

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