NORTH WILDWOOD – A North Wildwood man has been charged with distribution of heroin and cocaine after being arrested with $20,000 worth of drugs and currency.

Tahiem A. Howell, 38, was arrested March 10 after a court-authorized search warrant was executed at a residence on the 300 West block of 19th Avenue, according to a press release from Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and North Wildwood Police Chief Chief Matthew Gallagher. The arrest concluded a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division, officials said. The Cape May Regional SWAT team assisted with execution of the search warrant.

Police seized 500 hundred bags of suspected heroin and approximately six ounces of suspected crack cocaine, along with $2,545 in U.S. currency, according to the release. The combined street value of the heroin and crack cocaine was in excess of $20,000, police said.

The currency seized will be submitted for forfeiture as proceeds from illegal drug distribution, according to the release.

Howell has been charged with Distribution of CDS (crack-cocaine), a crime of the first degree; Possession of CDS (crack-cocaine), a crime of the third degree; Possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; Distribution within 500 feet of public place (crack-cocaine), a crime of the second degree; and Distribution within 500 feet of public place (heroin), a crime of the second degree. Howell was processed and released on a summons pending court proceedings.

Taylor said a person convicted of a first degree crime is subject to 10 to 20 years in state prison. Crimes of the second degree carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years and third degree crimes carry a sentence of 3 to 5 years in state prison.

Taylor said his office will continue to work with local municipalities to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances. He continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135, or 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.