Lower Township police

LOWER TOWNSHIP — A property check near a convenience store in North Cape May led to a Millville man being charged with drug and weapon offenses.

Patrolman Kyle Boyle was performing a property check at the shop on Bayshore Road on Nov. 17. Boyle was flagged down by a person who reported seeing several people acting suspicious in a blue PT Cruiser in the parking lot, police said.

An investigation by Boyle found the driver, Michael Harpel, 32, of Millville, was in possession of a yellow baggie containing suspected crack cocaine, police said. Harpel was also in possession of brass knuckles and a knife, as well as a crack pipe and digital scale found during a search of the car, police said.

Harpel was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and multiple weapons charges. Harpel was taken to the Cape May County jail. Others were released at the scene.

Contact: 609-272-7286 LCarroll@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_LC

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Joined the Press in November 2016. Graduate of Quinnipiac University. Previously worked as a freelance reporter in suburban Philadelphia and news/talk radio producer.

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