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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. Continue reading

3 People Arrested for Narcotics Distribution

April 2, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of three (3) individuals for the distribution of methamphetamine: Laura L. Abadie, age 50 and Robert S. Bellemare, age 47 both from the Villas section of Lower Township, NJ along with Terrance Mitchell, age 28 of Philadelphia, PA.

On March 29, 2019, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force, the Lower Township Police Department Detective Division, and the Drug Enforcement Administration Atlantic County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force concluded a 6 month long investigation into a Methamphetamine Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) being operated in Cape May County, NJ.

On March 29, 2019, the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team and New Jersey State Police TEAMS Unit executed three (3) Superior Court Search Warrants on a residence located in the 100 block of Tennessee Avenue, Villas, NJ, the 100 block of Bentz Avenue, Villas, NJ, and the 700 block of Academy Road, Cold Spring, NJ. Additionally, an arrest operation was conducted in the area of the 700 block of Academy Road, Cold Spring, NJ for Terrance Mitchell.

During this operation, Mitchell attempted to elude arresting Officers and fled in his vehicle. The Lower Township Police Department engaged in a brief vehicle pursuit with Mitchell, however it was shortly terminated. A brief time later, Mitchell was involved in a single vehicle accident by crashing the car he was driving into a wooded area near Matthews Avenue and Route 9 in the Whitesboro section of Middle Township. Witnesses alerted Officers to the area of the crash and the direction the driver fled on foot. The driver, later identified as Terrance Mitchell, was located a short distance away and placed under arrest.

As a result of this investigation, over one pound of suspected Methamphetamine was seized along with approximately $14,000 in US currency and one vehicle. The street value of the suspected Methamphetamine seized is approximately $30,000.

Robert S. Bellemare was charged with Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Possess CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 2nd Degree; Money Laundering, 3rd degree; and Possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Bellemare was released with a summons pending Court proceedings as per Bail Reform.*

Laura L. Abadie was charged with Possession with the Intent to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 1st degree; Conspiracy to Distribute CDS (methamphetamine), 2nd Degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Conspiracy to Possess CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; and Money Laundering, 3rd degree. Abadie was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending Court proceedings, as per bail reform.*

Terrance Mitchell, who had a fugitive warrant from the State of Pennsylvania, was charged with Possession / Distribution (methamphetamine), 1st degree; Possession of CDS (methamphetamine), 3rd degree; Possession / Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia, 4th degree; Eluding in a Motor Vehicle, 2nd degree; Hindering Apprehension, 3rd degree; Obstruction of Justice , 4th Degree; and Fugitive of Justice. Mitchell was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility, pending Court proceedings, as per bail reform.*

Prosecutor Sutherland stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies 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 and or any criminal activity within the community and that 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.

Sentencing in 2017 Murder Case

March 28, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Chief of Detectives Paul Skill announce the sentencing of Paul Kline to 19 years in New Jersey State Prison.

On July 22, 2017, Paul Kline, a 49 year old resident of Ocean City, NJ was charged with death of Denise Weber, also from Ocean City. On February 1, 2019, Kline pled guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter, a crime of the 1st degree. Continue reading

Man Arrested for Distribution of Heroin & Cocaine

March 20, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Wildwood Police Chief Robert Regalbuto announce the arrest of William C. McNeal (age 56) of Wildwood, NJ for the distribution of Heroin and Cocaine on March 19, 2019.

This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the Wildwood Police Department Detective Division. Continue reading

Arrest in Theft of Benefits Case

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Freeholder Jeffrey Pierson (Health and Human Services), and Cape May County Department of Human Services Department Head, Donna Groome announce an arrest has been made as the result of a joint investigation into theft from Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Cards and the misuse of temporary housing provided through Code Blue Alerts. Continue reading

Seizure of Narcotics and Handgun

March 12, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Cape May County Sheriff Robert Nolan and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the seizure of approximately one kilogram of suspected Cocaine and a loaded handgun.

On March 6, 2019, the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force was conducting a joint narcotics investigation with the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department and the Lower Township Police Detective Division into illegal narcotics sales in the Villas section of Lower Township. Continue reading

On-going Investigation

March 7, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – On January 19, 2019, at approximately 8:41 pm the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division arrested Margarita Candelaria-Betancourt, 60 y/o, resident of Wildwood, New Jersey, for Possession of CDS Paraphernalia in the area of Cresse and New Jersey Avenues in Wildwood, New Jersey. Candelaria-Betancourt was arrested without incident and transported to the Wildwood Police Department. While being processed, Candelaria-Betancourt requested medical assistance. The Wildwood Fire Department responded to the Police Department to treat Candelaria-Betancourt. While being treated, Candelaria-Betancourt lost consciousness. Fire Department personnel rendered aid and transported Candelaria-Betancourt to Cape Regional Medical Center. Candelaria-Betancourt passed away on January 24, 2019 at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey. The Cause and Manner of Death are currently listed as “Pending” by the Southern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office. The initial arrest was conducted by Patrolman Tristan Johns and Patrolman Christopher Galloway of the Wildwood Police Department Patrol Division. This is an active investigation being conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Professional Standards Unit.

Guilty Plea in Assault Case

February 15, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces a guilty plea in the Emily R. Weinman investigation.

Weinman was arrested on May 26, 2018, for assaulting two Wildwood Police Officers and later indicted on September 18, 2018, by a Cape May County Grand Jury.

Prosecutor Sutherland stated earlier today Weinman plead guilty to Disorderly Conduct, a Disorderly Persons Offense, and was sentenced to one year probation.

Animal Cruelty Investigation

February 8, 2019

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland announces an animal cruelty investigation being conducted in the Upper Township section of Cape May County.

On Thursday, February 7, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM employees from the Upper Township Public Works found a dead dog in a trash can in the area of Cove and Harbor Roads in Beesleys Point. The dog is white with tan patches, approximately a 35-40 pound female, and may be a Corgi-Terrier or Cattle Dog mix.

Shore Animal Control responded and took custody of the deceased animal and an investigation has been initiated by Detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office to determine if a crime has taken place relating to the death of this dog.

Prosecutor Sutherland is urging the public to report any information related to this investigation. Please contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at (609) 465-1135. Tips can also be left 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.

Random K9 Sweep of Cape May County Technical High School

January 31, 2019

Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland, Middle Township Chief of Police Christopher Leusner, and School Administrators of the Cape May County Technical High School jointly announce the completion of a random K9 sweep of the Cape May County Technical High School for narcotics.

Today, following the start of the school day, a pre-planned, unannounced K9 sweep operation for illegal drugs was coordinated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, the Middle Township Police Department and by School Officials. K9 Units from the Cape May County Sheriff’s Department, with assistance of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, conducted the random sweep of areas of the High School.

Prosecutor Sutherland commended the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and the initiative of the Cape May County Technical School Administrators in supporting drug prevention philosophies and initiatives. The purpose of today’s operation was to help the Administrators maintain a safe and drug-free school environment, as well as to send a strong deterrent message to its students. Law enforcement will continue to work closely with community and School officials on a regular basis to hold future operations throughout the Cape May County.