A routine inspection by the Wildwood Fire Department late last week turned into a major drug bust at an unoccupied home.

According to the Wildwood Police Department, the city's fire department conducted a routine inspection of a multi-unit apartment building in the 5300 block of Pacific Avenue last Thursday afternoon. While at the building, "large quantities of suspected narcotics were observed by fire officials."

During an investigation, cops found the building being used as a large-scale narcotics manufacturing and packaging facility.

Police say, "Numerous tools and packaging materials commonly utilized to prepare narcotics for shipment and/or street-level distribution were seized from the unit."

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In addition, a large quantity of various types of suspected narcotics, including heroin, were removed from the scene, as was over $60,000 cash.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Wildwood Police Department and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Charges are currently pending as the residence was not occupied at the time of the inspection.

SOURCE: Wildwood Police Department press release, 05/17/21

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