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Wildwood man arrested on drugs and weapon charges after another man dies

Wildwood man arrested on drugs and weapon charges after another man dies

Wildwood police arrest report

WILDWOOD — A city man was arrested after police found a 49-year-old unconscious man who later died, the department said Monday.

About 12:15 p.m. Saturday, police received 911 calls reporting a person not breathing inside a home in the 200 block of East Garfield Avenue, police said in a news release.

Upon arrival, police and fire personnel located the unresponsive victim, police said. They attempted lifesaving measures, but the victim was ultimately determined to be dead.

City detectives and the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office determined that prior to collapsing, the victim was engaged in a fight with a man who remained on scene, police said.

Police arrested Jason Popplewell, 35, and found him in possession of a spring-loaded folding knife as well as distribution quantities of suspected heroin, which he attempted to discard while at police headquarters, the department said.

Popplewell was charged with possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, certain person not to possess a weapon, obstruction, possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a certain public place.

He was sent to the Cape May County jail.

The investigation is ongoing, but police said there is no threat to public safety.

Contact: 609-272-7202


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