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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE — Rafael Delgado, of Wildwood, was sentenced to seven years and six months in State Prison in connection with the Operation Dream Chaser investigation, according to Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor.

The prosecutor’s Gangs, Guns and Narcotics Task Force initiated Operation Dream Chaser, a several months long large-scale narcotics investigation, in January 2015, Taylor said in a statement.

The investigation targeted Javier Alicia-Garcia as a leader of a narcotics distribution network operating in the county, the prosecutor said.

During this investigation, it was found that Delgado was part of Alicia-Garcia’s network, the prosecutor said. Delgado was charged in May 2015 with second-degree conspiracy to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and third-degree conspiracy to possess a controlled dangerous substance.

Alicia-Garcia was sentenced Sept. 30 to 17 years in prison, the prosecutor said.

Taylor said his office will continue to work with local municipalities along with state and federal agencies to target anyone associated with illegal drug distribution.

He urged residents to report any criminal activity. Information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County sheriff’s tip line at cmcsheriff.net (click on Tip411) or through Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800.

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Twenty years as a staff writer in the features department, specializing in entertainment and the arts at The Press of Atlantic City.

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