Reported shotgun incident leads to heroin bust in Wildwood

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WILDWOOD — An alleged domestic violence incident involving a shotgun led police to 322 bags of heroin seized, Wildwood police said.

At 2:21 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 police responded to reports that a man had been confronted by his ex-girlfriend, Shakeila Fitzpatrick, who was allegedly armed with a shotgun. Upon arrival though, Fitzpatrick had left the area.

The next day at 1:30 a.m., a vehicle that matched the description given to police during the domestic incident was seen in the 3900 block of Atlantic Avenue. Police conducted a motor vehicle stop and Fitzpatrick and Bryan Williams, 24, of Cape May Court House, were detained.

Police then searched Fitzpatrick’s vehicle, where they found 322 bags of heroin wrapped in light blue wax paper folds, ready for street sale. Police estimate that amount of heroin has a street value of about $3,000. Police also seized $775 in cash, which they identified as proceeds from narcotics street sales.

Detective Sgt. Ken Gallagher said that Williams told police the cash and heroin belonged to him, not Fitzpatrick.

Williams now faces several charges, including possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, and financial facilitation. He was taken to the county jail at $60,000 full cash or bond.

Gallagher said that Fitzpatrick currently faces no charges because the victim in the alleged domestic violence incident declined to provide a statement to police.


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