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Announcement made in the Conclusion of “Operation Forefathers” a Large Scale Narcotics Investigation

September 12, 2018

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae and Special Agent in Charge Valerie Nickerson of the Drug Enforcement Administration announce the conclusion of “Operation Forefathers” a large scale narcotics investigation initiated by the Cape May and Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Offices and the DEA.

During the early morning hours of September 11, 2018, SWAT teams from numerous law enforcement agencies executed a total of (16) search warrants in Cape May and Cumberland County which concluded a two month long narcotics investigation into the distribution of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, prescription pills, and marijuana. This investigation was centered in the Woodbine and Millville, New Jersey areas. During the course of this investigation, it was determined that Harold Santiago, George Williams, Tracey Kluska, and Isiah Fitzpatrick were the leaders of this large scale drug distribution network.

As a result of this investigation (27) individuals were arrested and thirteen (13) vehicles were seized along with approximately 6,540 bags of suspected heroin, (6) ounces of suspected methamphetamine, (2) ounces of suspected raw heroin, and numerous pounds of marijuana. Also seized was in excess of $30,000.00 in US currency, (2) semiautomatic handguns and (1) shotgun. The suspected heroin has an approximate street value of $77,000.00 and the suspected methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $16,000.00.

Individuals arrested as a result of this investigation:*

Harold E. Santiago, B/M, 31 years old, residing in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and conspiracy to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree. Santiago was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

George T. Williams, B/M, 57 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute heroin, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Williams was lodged in the Cumberland County Jail pending Court Proceedings.

Tracy D. Kluska, W/M, 44 years old, residing on Route 50 in Oceanview, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a high capacity magazine, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of CDS, a disorderly persons offense; and possession with intent to dispense drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree. Kluska was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Isiah T. Fitzpatrick, B/M, 28 years old, residing in the 100 block of DeHirsch Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with distribution of CDS, a crime of the 1st degree; maintaining a CDS production facility, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; distribution of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a community firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree; certain person not to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree; endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (prescription drugs), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree; and obstruction, a crime of the 4th degree. Fitzpatrick was ledged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Joshua D. Wigglesworth, W/M, 29 years old, residing in the 500 block of Kings Highway, South Seaville, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime o the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a firearm (handgun) during a CDS offense, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a firearm (shotgun) during a CDS offense, a crime of the 2nd degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree. Wigglesworth was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Sarah E. Burnett, W/F, 26 years old, residing on Steelmantown Road, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense; and possession of a hypodermic needle, a disorderly persons offense. Burnett was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Kyle W. Calise, W/M, 29 years old, residing on Mooring Circle, Oceanview, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, a crime of the 4th degree. Calise was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

William A. Hutchison. W/M, 48 years old, residing on Brewhaus Lane, Oceanview, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Hutchison was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Alexander Osario, H/M, 51 years old, residing in the 5900 block of New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with the intent to distribute CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Osario was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Erik I. Hernandez, H/M, 33 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Street, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Hernandez was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Carolyn Cortes, H/F, 41 years old, residing in the 2100 block of Mays Landing Road, Millville, was charged with conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree, and conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree. Cortes was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Michael A. Mason, B/M, 34 years old, residing in the 1700 block of Newcumbtown Road, Millville, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Mason was released with summonses pending Court proceedings

Rachel P. Bowers, W/F, 28 years old, residing on Highland Avenue, Beesleys Point, was charged with possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a large capacity magazine, a crime of the 4th degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Bowers was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Dominic J. Wilson, 34 years old, residing in the 600 Block of Grant Street, Woodbine, was charged with possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of prescription legend drugs with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Wilson was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Marisol Thomas, H/F, 47 years old, residing in the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue, Woodbine was charged with possession of marijuana, a crime of the 4th degree. Thomas was released with a summons pending Court proceedings.

Jeanette M. Coleman, B/F, 52 years old, residing in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of 4th degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (pills), a crime of the 3rd degree. Coleman was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Harold E. Crawford, B/M, 52 years old, residing in the 100 block of Lehigh Avenue, Del Haven, was charged with possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; and possession of a hypodermic needle, a disorderly persons offense. Crawford was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Terry J. Pierce III, B/M, 28 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, a crime of the 4th degree. Pierce was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Julius L. Davis, B/M, 29 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree, and possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree. Davis was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Alicia R. Troup, B/F, 30 years old, of the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Troup was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Rachel L. Beachaump, B/F, 29 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Beachaump was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Dominique T. Beachaump, B/F, 28 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Beachaump was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Linda Troup, B/F, 50 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Troup was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Tymere Bailey, B/M, 28 years old, residing on South Laurel Street, Millville, was charged with
possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense; and obstruction, a disorderly persons offense. Bailey was lodged in the Cumberland County Jail pending Court proceedings.

Monique R. Abernathy, B/F, 38 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute CDS (heroin) a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Abernathy was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Jaylin Laraquente, B/M, 25 years old, residing in the 500 block of Franklin Street, Woodbine was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Laraquente was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Terrance L. Bennett, B/M, 51 years old, residing in the 600 block of Longfellow Street, Woodbine, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), crime of the 1st degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a community handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a firearm in the course CDS violation, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree. Bennett was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Search warrants were executed at the following locations:

604 Longfellow, Woodbine
527 Jefferson, Woodbine
634 Grant Street, Woodbine
321 Madison Avenue, Woodbine
701 Franklin Avenue, Woodbine
10 Steelman Road, Woodbine
108 DeHirsh, Woodbine
337 Madison Avenue, Woodbine
2110 Mays Landing Road, Millville
328 Maurice Street, Millville
2435 Buttonwood Lane, Millville
103 Lehigh Avenue, Del Haven
536 Kings Highway, Cape May Court House
5900 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood
17 Brewhaus Lane, Oceanview
57 Route 50, Apt. B, Ocean View

Additional residential and vehicle search warrants may be executed as a result of this investigation.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network carries a mandatory penalty, if convicted, of life imprisonment with a 25 year period of parole ineligibility. First degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Second degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 5 and 10 years. Third degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 3 and 5 years, while fourth degree crimes can carry a sentence of up to 18 months in State prison.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional individuals may be arrested and charged. Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone with information regarding this narcotics distribution investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

Prosecutors Sutherland, Tyner, Webb-McRae and SAC Nickerson commend all the outstanding efforts and the hard work of all the law enforcement agencies listed below who assisted with this investigation, especially Lieutenant Dan Holt, Detective Maurice Catarcio, and Assistant Prosecutor Alex Settle of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Chad Meyers of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and Special Agent Frank Deerr of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Atlantic City Resident Office.

Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office
Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office
Drug Enforcement Administration
Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office
Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office
Millville Police Department
New Jersey State Police
Cape May County Sheriff’s Department
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department
Middle Township Police Department
Atlantic City Police Department
Wildwood Crest Police Department
Lower Township Police Department
Ocean City Police Department
Sea Isle City Police Department
Wildwood Police Department
Cape May City Police Department
Avalon Police Department
Stone Harbor Police Department
Galloway Township Police Department
Ventnor Police Department
Linwood Police Department
Pleasantville Police Department
Somers Point Police Department
Hammonton Police Department
Hamilton Township Police Department
Egg Harbor Township Police Department

* Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless they are proven guilty.