Wildwood police

WILDWOOD — Three people were arrested Wednesday afternoon after the Cape May County Regional SWAT team seized more than 1,200 bags of heroin, police said.

Police said authorities searched a private residence in the 200 block of East Youngs Avenue after a six-week investigation into drug distribution in the area. The heroin was prepackaged in baggies and worth an estimated $12,000 on the street, according to police.

As a result of the raid, authorities arrested and charged Edgardo Rivera-Valentine, 26, Jayson Lopez-Acevedo, 29, and Luis Correa, 22, police said.

All three were charged with second-degree possession of heroin over half-an-ounce with intent to distribute, second-degree distribution of heroin in a certain public place, third-degree possession of heroin and third-degree distribution of heroin in a school zone, according to authorities.

Lopez-Acevedo was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

Authorities also seized drug paraphernalia and cash believed to be the proceeds of narcotic sales, according to police.

All three suspects were processed and held in the Cape May County jail pending court proceedings, police said.

In New Jersey, second-degree crimes carry a potential penalty of five to 10 years in state prison, while those convicted of third-degree offenses could be punished with a three-to-five-year prison sentence.

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