Cape May Court House, New Jersey - Cape May County Prosecutor Jeffrey H. Sutherland and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriana announce the arrest of Richard Johnson, age 36, of the Villas section of Lower Township NJ for the distribution of a Heroin on January 25, 2018.
This arrest was the conclusion of a cooperative investigation between the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the Lower Township Police Department Detective Division.
Richard Johnson was arrested on January 25, 2018, during the execution of a Court authorized search warrant at his residence on Rose Lane, Villas NJ. Seized during this investigation were distribution amounts of heroin. Also found was a weapon, specifically a medieval type of flail. This warrant was a result of an investigation regarding the distribution of heroin from the residence.
As a result of this investigation, Richard Johnson was charged with Distribution of CDS-3rd degree, Possession of CDS-3rd degree, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon 2nd degree, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purposes-2nd degree, Possession of a Hypodermic Needle-4th degree, Certain Person not to have a Weapon-2nd degree, Possession of Weapon During a CDS Offense, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia-4th degree, Destruction of Evidence-disorderly persons offense, and Obstruction-4th degree. Johnson was processed and lodged in the Cape May County Correctional Facility pending Court proceedings.
Prosecutor Sutherland advises that persons convicted of a second degree crime are subject to a term of imprisonment of 10 to 15 years in New Jersey State Prison. Third degree crimes carry a sentence of 5 to 10 years and persons convicted of fourth degree crimes can be sentenced up to 18 months in State Prison.
Prosecutor Sutherland stated that his office will continue to work hand in hand with the local municipalities to target anyone selling illegal controlled dangerous substances.
Prosecutor Sutherland continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal drug activity and or any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at cmcsheriff.net and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.