Camden County investigators have finally named Taylor Bennett, 27, of Collingswood, as the lone suspect apprehended in .
According to Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Bennett was charged with possession of Oxycodone with intent to distribute. He allegedly had 49 pills on his person at the time of his arrest.
The tactical raid was ordered at the county level, with assisting in the arrest.
The only news of the activity was reported to Patch from a reader tip, which was later confirmed by Collingswood police. Patch readers near the scene also sent in photographs of the event.
Information on the action was not made public by police initially, Laughlin said, because they were continuing the investigation that had led to Bennett's arrest.
According to the New Jersey Open Public Records Act, commonly known as OPRA, within 24 hours of any arrest, some basic information should be made available:
- the date, time, nature, and location of any crime committed
- background about the person charged (name, age, residence, occupation, marital status)
- the charge for which the defendant was arrested
- the identity of investigating personnel and the length of the investigation
- the time and place of the arrest and any resistance or weapons involved
- any information on bail, whether it was posted, and how much
Criminal investigatory records may be exempt from OPRA requests under some circumstances, but a specific subsection (C.47:1A-3) excludes the above information from that exemption. Patch did not file an OPRA request in this instance, although the site continued to follow the story.
For some readers, a question of balance emerged—what's the public value of such information versus the needs of investigators?
Journalist and Patch blogger Mark Correa , "Were residents in the area at risk? Was this some kind of organized activity that might still put them at risk? ... The public has a right to know."
Last week, another Collingswood resident, Anthony Brocco, 26, . Laughlin was unfamiliar with the circumstances of Brocco's case and could not comment as to whether there is any connection between the two.