WILDWOOD — Three men were arrested Wednesday as a SWAT team seized more than 1,200 bags of heroin at a residence in the 200 block of East Youngs Avenue, police said.
The Cape May County Regional special weapons and tactics officers had been investigating drug distribution in the area for six weeks. The heroin was packaged in plastic bags and estimated to be worth $12,000, police said.
Edgardo Rivera-Valentine, 26, Jayson Lopez-Acevedo, 29, and Luis Correa, 22, were charged with second- and third-degree possession and distribution, including distribution of heroin in a school zone, police said.
Lopez-Acevedo was also charged with possession of a hypodermic syringe and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said. Drug paraphernalia and cash believed to be proceeds of narcotic sales were also seized.
The suspects were taken to the Cape May County jail, police said.
In New Jersey, second-degree crimes carry a penalty of five to 10 years in state prison, and third-degree crimes can be punished with three to five years in prison.
— Jack Tomczuk