A North Wildwood man previously convicted for his role in a shooting and arrested for possessing more than $20,000 of crack cocaine and heroin was arrested again Thursday after officials found distribution amounts of cocaine while executing a search warrant.

Tahiem Howell, 39, faces multiple drug charges after a joint investigation by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office Gangs Guns and Narcotics Task Force and the North Wildwood Police Department Detective Division, authorities said.

Officials executed a search warrant at Howell’s home on the 100 block of West 26th Avenue in North Wildwood, acting Prosecutor Robert Johnson and Chief Matthew Gallagher said.

The search was a result of an investigation regarding Howell distributing crack cocaine throughout Cape May County, Johnson and Gallagher said.

In March, authorities executed a search warrant and recovered 500 bags of suspected heroin, 6 ounces of suspected crack cocaine and $2,545 in cash from Howell’s home. At the time, he was released on a summons pending court proceedings.

In 2006, Howell was sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in a 2004 shooting in Wildwood that injured three men. He also received a five-year sentence for an unrelated drug charge.

Howell was released in February 2014, according to the state Department of Corrections website.

On Thursday, Howell was charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, distribution within 500 feet of a public place and distribution within 1,000 feet of a school zone, according to the joint statement. He was released on a summons per bail reform.

Anyone with information about this incident or other illegal drug activity can send tips anonymously at cmcsheriff.net, or call Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801 or the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1135.

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Waldy Diez joined the Press of Atlantic City's breaking news team in July 2017. She's a graduate of Syracuse and Rowan Universities. Previously, she was a morning tv news producer.

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