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Arrest Made in Narcotics Investigation

April 17, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of Gonzalo Gonzalez, a 27-year-old restaurant employee and resident of the Villas section of Lower Township, for heroin distribution and weapons charges.

This arrest was the conclusion of a multi-month investigation targeting the narcotics distribution activities of Gonzalez throughout Cape May County. This cooperative investigation was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force, and was assisted by the Lower Township Police Detective Division and the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit.

On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, a Superior Court search warrant was executed on a storage unit in the 600 block of Shunpike Road, in the Burleigh section of Middle Township. As a result of this search, approximately 1,400 individual bags of heroin were seized. This amount of heroin has a potential street value of $14,000. Also seized as a result of the search warrant were drug manufacturing materials, an AR15 style rifle and two fully loaded 30 round magazines.

Gonzalez was charged with Maintaining a CDS Manufacturing Facility, 1st degree; Possession of CDS (heroin), 3rd degree; Possession with the Intention to Distribute CDS (heroin), 2nd degree; Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia, 4th degree; Possession with the Intent to Distribute within 500’ of a Public Place, 2nd degree; Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, 3rd degree; Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, 2nd degree; Possession of a Firearm During CDS Distribution Offense, 2nd degree; Possession of an Assault Firearm, 2nd degree; and Possession of Large Capacity Ammunition Magazines, 4th degree. Gonzalez was lodged at the Cape May Cape May County Correctional Center pending Court proceedings as per bail reform. *

Individuals charged with a first-degree crime can be sentenced from 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Second degree crimes can receive a sentence of 5-10 years, while third degree crimes can be sentenced to 3-5 years and fourth degree crimes can receive a sentence of up to 18 months in State Prison.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated, “I would like to thank our partners in this operation, the Lower Township Police Detective Division and the Middle Township Police Street Crimes Unit who worked with our Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force to help rid the communities of Cape May County of these dangerous drugs and firearms that are part of the drug trade and arrest the people involved.”

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within the community and this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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