Suspect Named in Daytime SWAT Bust

Taylor Bennett, 27, of Collingswood, was the lone suspect arrested in a May 11 police action, resolving a story the borough has followed for two weeks.

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.

Anne Carroll May 30, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Oh please. Oh please. Oh please. All this ruckus, police fanfare, and press coverage over 49 Oxycode tablets? I'm stunned. We've got to get drugs legalized and stop wasting incredible resources: police, judges, jail and community angst over something that can be solved simply. Take the power away from the drug cartels, drug lords, gangs and bad guys. Give it back to us! Legalize drugs! Soft drugs immediately. Harder drugs, after some careful research how to do that without harming society. It can be done. Portugal has done it. Do we want to end up like Mexico with drug cartels literally running the country, the police ineffectual and/or corrupt, the good guys with their heads cut off, and innocent citizens terrified to walk outside their homes? Legalize drugs; collect taxes on them, just like we do on our officially sanctioned killers: cigarettes and alcohol. As a bonus, perhaps we could eliminate our national debt. Now that we have the details on what this was all about is I have to admit I blindly concluded this swat/sting had something to do with the problems (crime) at The Heights. This could have happened ANYWHERE. When will we wise up?
Anne Carroll June 01, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Please don't get me wrong. I'm not downplaying the dangers of Oxycodone or the misuse of other painkillers. The doc responsible for dispensing these prescriptions has a lot to answer for, as does Mr. Bennett.


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