Police say owner knew about drug use at Gillmore Motel

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WILDWOOD — The owner of The Gillmore Motel has been charged with maintaining a nuisance after police were called there several times for reports of the sale of narcotics, police announced. 

Police say that Robert Grimley, 43, of Palermo knowingly operated The Gillmore as a location where individuals gathered to participate in illegal activities. He was charged Thursday, Aug. 14.

Police said that between Feb. 14 and Aug. 9 there were 68 calls for service to the property. Of those, police said about 50 were related to the sale of narcotics from the property. Investigations there have led to the arrest of 46 individuals, 20 of whom were charged with possession of narcotics, 10 who were charged with distribution of narcotics, and 16 who were charged with other narcotics-related offenses.

There have also been two heroin overdoses at the property during that time, police said. In both instances, the victims were transported to the hospital and survived.

Police said that problems associated with The Gillmore Hotel came to a head Aug. 5 when a man was shot in the leg with a crossbow there. A resident of the hotel, Jonathan Moya, was charged with attempted murder in connection with the incident. He is still at large.

The charge of maintaining a nuisance is a disorderly persons offense. Last week, Grimley issued the following statement after city officials told The Leader that they were looking to shut the property down:

“I have always and will continue to work with the Wildwood City officials in the hopes of the betterment for everyone,” a statement from Grimley reads. “I have made some management and other changes and welcome suggestions and will meet with city officials at anytime for further improvement.” 

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