Wildwood Police suspect unemployed construction laborer was dealing cocaine

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WILDWOOD, NJ – On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, at approximately 11:51 am, the Wildwood Police Department K-9 Unit, with the assistance from the Uniform Patrol and Detective Divisions, conducted a motor vehicle stop in the 5300 block of Park Boulevard, located in the City of Wildwood. At the time of the motor vehicle stop, the driver was identified as Edgardo Rodriguez-Concepcion, a 38-year-old unemployed construction laborer currently residing in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey.

During the course of the investigation, information was developed resulting in a consensual search of the interior of the motor vehicle. During the search of the motor vehicle, distribution quantities of controlled dangerous substances and narcotics paraphernalia were recovered. The narcotics recovered in connection to this investigation was prepackaged for street level sales. Furthermore, approximately one thousand dollars in United States currency, which was identified as proceeds of illicit activity, was seized and held for forfeiture purposes. Additionally seized in connection to the search was an illegally possessed weapon, specifically a .380 caliber Hi-point handgun loaded with ammunition in the magazine.

As a result of the investigation, Edgardo Rodriguez-Concepcion was charged with the following criminal charges; possession of heroin (a crime of the third degree), possession of heroin with the intent to distribute (a crime of the third degree), possession of cocaine (a crime of the third degree), possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute (a crime of the third degree), possession of oxycodone – a schedule II narcotic (a crime of the third degree), possession of oxycodone – a schedule II narcotic with the intent to distribute (a crime of the third degree), possession of a firearm (a crime of the second degree), certain person not to possess a firearm (a crime of the second degree), possession of a defaced firearm (a crime of the third degree), possession of a firearm with a nexus to narcotics distribution / sales (a crime of the second degree), and possession of narcotics paraphernalia (a disorderly persons offense).


As a result of the issuance of these criminal charges, Edgardo Rodriguez-Concepcion was incarcerated at the Cape May County Correctional Center in compliance with the Attorney General Guidelines concerning bail reform.

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