Lower Township Police Department

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A local man faces multiple drug and weapons charges following a search of his home on Rose Lane that included the seizure of a medieval-style flail, according to a joint press release from Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and township police Chief William Mastriana.

Richard Johnson, 36, of the Villas section of the township, was charged with distribution of drugs, possession of drugs, unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, possession of a hypodermic needle, certain person not to have a weapon, possession of weapon during a drugs offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, destruction of evidence and obstruction.

The Jan. 25 search of Johnson’s home was a cooperative investigation between the prosecutor’s Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the township police Detective Division.

Sutherland said if convicted of the crimes, Johnson faces as long as 25 years in prison.

The prosecutor said resident can report any illegal activity anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff's Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net (click on anonymous tip) or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801 or the Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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