CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Five Cape May County residents were arrested following an investigation into a narcotics distribution scheme, Prosecutor Robert Taylor said.

Taylor said the investigation involved the execution of several search warrants in North Wildwood and Middle Township.

The arrests are the result of a narcotics investigation conducted by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force with the assistance of the North Wildwood Police Department and the Middle Township Police Department Special Services Unit.

On Tuesday, the search warrant were executed at the North Wildwood home of Juan Maldonado and Raquel Soto, located in the 2400 block of Central Avenue.

There, police seized 211 bags of suspected heroin along with prescription pills, drug paraphernalia and $21,090 in cash.

During the course of the investigation, additional information was obtained that Maldonado and his associates also had stolen firearms and attempted to discard them.

That led to another search warrant in Middle Township on a motor vehicle occupied by Alexis Rosario-Maldonado, Christian Adames and Luis Rosario of Wildwood, and a storage unit located on Indian Trail Road in the Cape May Court House section of Middle Township.

Police then recovered two stolen revolver style firearms along with a stolen Honda ATV vehicle and Portable Generator. Additionally, two motor vehicles have been seized and are pending civil forfeiture, Taylor said.

Juan Maldonado, 31, was arrested and charged with possession of heroin, a third degree crime, and possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, a third degree crime, possession with intent to distribute heroin in a school zone, a third degree crime, unlawful possession of a weapon, a second degree crime, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, a second degree crime, and receiving stolen property, a third degree crime. He was taken to county jail in lieu of $125,000 cash bail.

Raquel Soto, 41, was charged with possession of heroin, a third degree crime, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, a third degree crime, and possession with intent to distribute heroin in a school zone, a third degree crime, before being released.

Alexis Rosario-Maldonado, 26, Christian Adames, 25, and Luis Rosario, 27, were all arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, a second degree crime, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, a second degree crime, and receiving stolen property, a third degree crime. They were lodged in the Cape May County jail in lieu of $25,000.00 cash bail.