Individual Arrested for CDS Distribution

November 27, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the arrest of Ernest P. McCarraher Jr, a 25 year old resident of South Seaville, N.J., on first degree drug charges.

McCarraher was arrested on the morning of November 12, 2019 during the execution of a Court authorized search warrant at his residence located in the 100 Block of Corson Tavern Road, South Seville, N.J. This search warrant was executed by the New Jersey State Police T.E.A.M.S. Unit and was the result of an investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office Gang’s, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force into McCarraher for selling marijuana from his residence and other locations within Cape May County. Seized as a result of this search warrant were over thirty pounds of marijuana, marijuana edibles, extracted cannabis oils and paraphernalia consistent with the manufacturing of Controlled Dangerous Substances for distribution. Also seized was a loaded 9mm handgun and a total of $43,656.00 in U.S. Currency.

McCarraher was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute Marijuana, First Degree; Possession of a Firearm During a C.D.S. Distribution Offense, Second Degree; Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Second Degree; Money Laundering, Third Degree; Possession of more than 50 Grams of Marijuana, Fourth Degree; and Possession with the Intent to Distribute Drug Paraphernalia, Fourth Degree. McCarraher was subsequently lodged at the Cape May County Correctional Center, pending Court proceedings as per Bail Reform. *

Also present at the residence at the time of the search warrant was a 21 year old female who was not charged, and an eight year old juvenile.

Prosecutor Sutherland advises that persons convicted of a first degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 15 to 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Prosecutor Sutherland stated his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances.

Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity or any criminal activity within community and this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

*Any charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless he is proven guilty.