"Operation Forefathers" was the name of a multi-team narcotics investigation that resulted in the arrest of 27 people this week.

Numerous search warrants were executed early Tuesday in Cape May and Cumberland Counties, which brought an end to the investigation.

In a joint statement, officials say they determined the leaders of a drug network were Harold Santiago, George Williams, Tracey Kluska, and Isiah Fitzpatrick.

Here's a look at who was arrested, courtesy of the Cape May County Prosecutor's Office:

As a result of this investigation (27) individuals were arrested and thirteen (13) vehicles were seized along with approximately 6,540 bags of suspected heroin, (6) ounces of suspected methamphetamine, (2) ounces of suspected raw heroin, and numerous pounds of marijuana. Also seized was in excess of $30,000.00 in US currency, (2) semiautomatic handguns and (1) shotgun.

The suspected heroin has an approximate street value of $77,000.00 and the suspected methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $16,000.00.

Individuals arrested as a result of this investigation:*

Harold E. Santiago, B/M, 31 years old, residing in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and conspiracy to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree. Santiago was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

George T. Williams, B/M, 57 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute heroin, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Williams was lodged in the Cumberland County Jail pending Court Proceedings.

Tracy D. Kluska, W/M, 44 years old, residing on Route 50 in Oceanview, was charged with leader of a narcotics distribution network, a crime of the 1st degree; possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a high capacity magazine, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of CDS, a disorderly persons offense; and possession with intent to dispense drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree. Kluska was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Isiah T. Fitzpatrick, B/M, 28 years old, residing in the 100 block of DeHirsch Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with distribution of CDS, a crime of the 1st degree; maintaining a CDS production facility, a crime of the 1st degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; distribution of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a community firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree; certain person not to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree; endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (prescription drugs), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree; and obstruction, a crime of the 4th degree. Fitzpatrick was ledged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Joshua D. Wigglesworth, W/M, 29 years old, residing in the 500 block of Kings Highway, South Seaville, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime o the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree, possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a firearm (handgun) during a CDS offense, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a firearm (shotgun) during a CDS offense, a crime of the 2nd degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree. Wigglesworth was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Sarah E. Burnett, W/F, 26 years old, residing on Steelmantown Road, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense; and possession of a hypodermic needle, a disorderly persons offense. Burnett was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Kyle W. Calise, W/M, 29 years old, residing on Mooring Circle, Oceanview, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS with intent to distribute (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana) with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, a crime of the 4th degree. Calise was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

William A. Hutchison. W/M, 48 years old, residing on Brewhaus Lane, Oceanview, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Hutchison was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Alexander Osario, H/M, 51 years old, residing in the 5900 block of New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood Crest, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; endangering the welfare of a child, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with the intent to distribute CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Osario was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Erik I. Hernandez, H/M, 33 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Street, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Hernandez was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Carolyn Cortes, H/F, 41 years old, residing in the 2100 block of Mays Landing Road, Millville, was charged with conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree, and conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree. Cortes was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Michael A. Mason, B/M, 34 years old, residing in the 1700 block of Newcumbtown Road, Millville, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Mason was released with summonses pending Court proceedings

Rachel P. Bowers, W/F, 28 years old, residing on Highland Avenue, Beesleys Point, was charged with possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; possession of a large capacity magazine, a crime of the 4th degree; and possession of marijuana, a disorderly persons offense. Bowers was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Dominic J. Wilson, 34 years old, residing in the 600 Block of Grant Street, Woodbine, was charged with possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of prescription legend drugs with intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS with the intent to distribute, a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Wilson was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Marisol Thomas, H/F, 47 years old, residing in the 500 block of Jefferson Avenue, Woodbine was charged with possession of marijuana, a crime of the 4th degree. Thomas was released with a summons pending Court proceedings.
Jeanette M. Coleman, B/F, 52 years old, residing in the 300 block of Madison Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of 4th degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (pills), a crime of the 3rd degree. Coleman was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Harold E. Crawford, B/M, 52 years old, residing in the 100 block of Lehigh Avenue, Del Haven, was charged with possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of drug paraphernalia, a crime of the 4th degree; and possession of a hypodermic needle, a disorderly persons offense. Crawford was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Terry J. Pierce III, B/M, 28 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to possess CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, a crime of the 4th degree. Pierce was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.
Julius L. Davis, B/M, 29 years old, residing in the 700 block of Franklin Avenue, Woodbine, was charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm, a crime of the 2nd degree, and possession of CDS, a crime of the 3rd degree. Davis was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Alicia R. Troup, B/F, 30 years old, of the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Troup was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Rachel L. Beachaump, B/F, 29 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Beachaump was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Dominique T. Beachaump, B/F, 28 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Beachaump was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Linda Troup, B/F, 50 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Troup was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Tymere Bailey, B/M, 28 years old, residing on South Laurel Street, Millville, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the third degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense; and obstruction, a disorderly persons offense. Bailey was lodged in the Cumberland County Jail pending Court proceedings.

Monique R. Abernathy, B/F, 38 years old, residing in the 2400 block of Buttonwood Lane, Millville, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute CDS (heroin) a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (cocaine), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense. Abernathy was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Jaylin Laraquente, B/M, 25 years old, residing in the 500 block of Franklin Street, Woodbine was charged with possession of CDS (marijuana), a disorderly persons offense and possession of drug paraphernalia, a disorderly persons offense. Laraquente was released with summonses pending Court proceedings.

Terrance L. Bennett, B/M, 51 years old, residing in the 600 block of Longfellow Street, Woodbine, was charged with possession with intent to distribute CDS (heroin), crime of the 1st degree; unlawful possession of a handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a community handgun, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of a firearm in the course CDS violation, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 2nd degree; conspiracy to distribute CDS, a crime of the 2nd degree; possession of CDS (methamphetamine), a crime of the 3rd degree; money laundering, a crime of the 3rd degree; possession with intent to distribute CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 3rd degree; possession of CDS (heroin), a crime of the 3rd degree; and possession of CDS (marijuana), a crime of the 4th degree. Bennett was lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.

Search warrants were executed at the following locations:

604 Longfellow, Woodbine

527 Jefferson, Woodbine

634 Grant Street, Woodbine

321 Madison Avenue, Woodbine

701 Franklin Avenue, Woodbine

10 Steelman Road, Woodbine

108 DeHirsh, Woodbine

337 Madison Avenue, Woodbine

2110 Mays Landing Road, Millville

328 Maurice Street, Millville

2435 Buttonwood Lane, Millville

103 Lehigh Avenue, Del Haven

536 Kings Highway, Cape May Court House

5900 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood

17 Brewhaus Lane, Oceanview

57 Route 50, Apt. B, Ocean View

Additional residential and vehicle search warrants may be executed as a result of this investigation.

According to Prosecutor Sutherland, Leader of a Narcotics Trafficking Network carries a mandatory penalty, if convicted, of life imprisonment with a 25 year period of parole ineligibility. First degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. Second degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 5 and 10 years. Third degree crimes can carry a sentence of between 3 and 5 years, while fourth degree crimes can carry a sentence of up to 18 months in State prison.

This is an ongoing investigation and additional individuals may be arrested and charged. Prosecutor Sutherland urges anyone with information regarding this narcotics distribution investigation to contact the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135 or anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriff’s Tip line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

Prosecutors Sutherland, Tyner, Webb-McRae and SAC Nickerson commend all the outstanding efforts and the hard work of all the law enforcement agencies listed below who assisted with this investigation, especially Lieutenant Dan Holt, Detective Maurice Catarcio, and Assistant Prosecutor Alex Settle of the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Detective Chad Meyers of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, and Special Agent Frank Deerr of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Atlantic City Resident Office.

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