Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the conclusion of a Narcotics investigation into the distribution of Heroin in the City of Wildwood and throughout Cape May County by Gonzalo Soto.
Soto, a 40 year old resident of the City of Wildwood, was arrested on June 25, 2019 during the execution of a Court authorized search warrant at his residence located in the 200 East Block of Rio Grande Avenue in Wildwood. This search warrant was a result of an investigation targeting Soto selling heroin from his residence, along with other locations within Cape May County.
Seized during this investigation were over one ounce of suspected heroin, synthetic marijuana and paraphernalia consistent with the manufacturing of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) for distribution. Also seized was a total of $4,398 in U.S. Currency. The approximate street value of the drugs seized during this investigations is over $10,000.
Soto was charged with Maintaining/Operating a CDS production facility, a crime of the first degree; Manufacturing CDS, a crime of the second degree; Possession of CDS, a crime of the third degree; Possession of a synthetic cannabinoid, a crime of the third degree; Distribution of CDS, a crime of the third degree; Money laundering, a crime of the third degree and Possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the fourth degree.* Soto was lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Facility as per Bail Reform.
Also arrested during this investigation was Brandon N. Soto, age 19, also a resident of Wildwood, NJ. Brandon Soto was charged with Possession of CDS, a crime of the third degree; Distribution of CDS, a crime of the third degree and Possession of drug paraphernalia a disorderly persons offense.* Brandon Soto was released with a summons pending court proceedings as per Bail Reform.
Prosecutor Sutherland advises that persons convicted of a first degree crime can be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of 15 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Prosecutor Sutherland stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances and he continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within community. 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.