Wildwood man arrested on heroin distribution charges

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Lower man, Cape May Court House woman also arrested

WILDWOOD—Three Cape May County residents have been arrested and one faces drug charges after law enforcement officials carried out a search warrant with a SWAT team in the 3700 block of Atlantic Ave. Wednesday. March 5, the county prosecutor’s office announced.

Christopher Clegg, 25, of Wildwood, Frederick Schartner, 25, of Lower Township, and Kristina Bucci, 24, of Cape May Court House, were arrested as a result of the search.

Police said that 146 bags of heroin, along with Buprenorphine, an opioid typically used to manage pain and treat opioid addiction, and drug paraphernalia were seized in connection to the investigation.

Clegg was charged with possession of heroin and Buprenorphine, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, all third-degree crimes. He also faces a second-degree charge of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense.

Bail was set at $100,000 full cash and Clegg was sent to Cape May County Jail because he was unable to post it, police said.

Schartner and Bucci were arrested on outstanding warrants. According to police. Bucci posted bail and was released with a new court date, while Schartner was lodged in Cape May County jail in connection to the warrants.

According to Prosecutor Robert Taylor, an individual convicted of a second-degree crime could see between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.

In a release to the media, Taylor said that his office “is committed to fighting the war on drugs and will continue to make every effort to help stop the senseless amount of drug related overdoses in the county.”

He added that law enforcement will seek out the individuals responsible for distributing these drugs, such as heroin, and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.

The publc has been asked 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 877-465-2801, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1168.



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