Police Arrest Alleged Pot Dealer in Raid at Ninth Street and Ocean Avenue

Ocean City police say they recovered 2.25 pounds of marijuana and $16,500 in cash.


A search of a residence on the 900 block of Ocean Avenue turned up more than two pounds of marijuana, $16,500 in cash and even a counting machine for currency, according to a news release from Ocean City Police Capt. Steven Ang.

The confiscated material was part of an alleged marijuana-dealing operation, according to Ang. A month-long investigation by Ocean City detectives led to a pre-dawn search of the property at 2 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21. Ocean City police were assisted by the Cape May County SWAT team.

Marcus G. Palermo, 24, of Ocean City, was arrested during the operation, which also included the alleged discovery of cocaine, digital scales and packaging material, according to Ang.

Palermo is charged with distribution and possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of CDS paraphernalia.

He is being held at the Cape May County Correctional Facility on $25,000 full cash bail.

Det. Stephen Sullivan and Det. Dan Lancaster led the investigation for the Ocean City Police Department.

steve fenichel November 28, 2011 at 03:56 PM
To understand the traditional role jurors must play in order to keep democracy alive please go to the website: http://fija.org/ (Fully Informed Jury Association). It is only when juries nullify bad laws by acquitting defendants accused of breaking a bad law(alcohol prohibition, Jim Crow, marijuana) despite the wishes of the Judges the Legislators will get instant feedback on the need to change those bad laws. Steven Fenichel, MD
Mr. B November 28, 2011 at 09:45 PM
According to Erick J. Haynie, "it is highly questionable whether jurors should be instructed to 'make' the law when a legislative body has already done the job for them. Congress and the state legislatures have superior expertise, resources and perspective to make macro-social decisions, and much more time to reach a well-reasoned decision than does 'a group of twelve citizens of no particular distinction snatched away from their primary vocations' to spend a couple of days in court.
Mr. B November 28, 2011 at 09:47 PM
the website you reffered me to is nothing more than Jury Nullification, and that is not what a jury is seated for. and that is why almost the whole board resigned from that organization.
anonymous November 29, 2011 at 03:33 PM
$16k in cash makes you dangerous ? I bet it cost $50k+ do do their investigation work and call in the swat team for this joke of a "raid". How many people on this island do you think have $16k in a safe in their beachfront mansion? I bet more than you think...are they all dangerous? Or is he dangerous because he had a bunch dried up plants that grow naturally from the earth from a seed that has been around longer than the bible? My guess is the cocaine was a minimal personal use amount..he will not get jail time, the cocaine possession will be dropped, he will plead guilty to possession of some marijuana, get some probation, some fines, and have to pay a lawyer some decent coin....all waste of money and time..
WatchDog December 16, 2011 at 05:53 AM
Fenichel, Sounds like someone hit a sore nerve. Have you or someone you know been accused of marketing in this "natural herb?" If I follow your recently publicized logic, indirecly inhaling fumes from the B.L England power plant is worst for me then smoking a joint. As a doctor, you should not be condoning putting any foreign substance into your lungs. I fear you value seeing your name in a headline and promoting your brand of politics more than offering any valid argument against the war on drugs.


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