Cape May County law enforcement announced the conclusion of "Operation Cold Front," a large scale narcotics investigation this week arresting 25 people on drugs and weapons charges.

The investigation culminated after a shooting Friday in a vacant Wildwood apartment.

Here are details on the investigation taken from the Cape May County Prosecutor's press release.

On June 18, this investigation, which was initiated by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs, Guns, and Narcotics Task Force, culminated in the execution of 12 court authorized search warrants. Twenty-five people were charged with various criminal offenses involving the distribution and possession of heroin. The take down of "Operation Cold Front" was hastened by a shooting that took place in the 200 East block of Youngs Avenue in Wildwood.


During the course of this long-term narcotics investigation, it was determined that on the evening of June 17, Michael Morales, Xavier Goicohia, and William Sierra were allegedly involved in shooting a hand gun into an apartment on the 200 East block Youngs Avenue in Wildwood. No one was home at the time of the shooting and as a result no one was injured. The scene of the shooting was processed by detectives from the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office and Wildwood Police Department.

Due to the nature of this large-scale drug distribution network, 12 court authorized search warrants were executed in the early morning hours of June 18.

So far, as a result of this investigation, over 1,800 bags of heroin with a street value in excess of $18,000 has been seized, approximately 1.5 ounces of cocaine with a street value of approximately $4,200, a total of $54,000, and four firearms, one of which was a handgun. This is an ongoing investigation and additional search warrants and arrest warrants are pending. Forfeiture of assets utilized during this criminal activity will be filed through Superior Court of New Jersey Special Civil Court.

Read more about the individuals arrested to date, here.

Source: Cape May County Prosecutor's press release

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