BY JOSH MROZINSKI
Described as the “kingpin” of the network by the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, Stephen Grasch, 29, of 900 Route 47, Green Creek, N.J., is facing a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Around five months after the death of David Grasch in November, the cabin’s deed was transferred to his father, Albert Grasch. The elder Grasch, now 57, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine and other crimes.
On Nov. 18, David Grasch, 27, was found dead in the cabin with his two cousins, Anthony DiMartino, 21, of Philadelphia and Patrick Mahoney, Jr., 22, of Clayton, Del.
Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick, Jr. said Monday that the autopsies on the three men have been completed but a cause of death hasn’t been determined.
“That’s what we’re working on,” he added.
Skumanick would not release the autopsy and would not describe the factors that may have contributed to the men’s deaths.
Initially ruled as death caused by carbon monoxide, Wyoming County Coroner Thomas Kukuchka later said that the cause of the men’s deaths could not be ruled as carbon monoxide.
Skumanick said that his office was aware of investigation into the alleged drug distribution network in New Jersey and he said that he has spoken with Cape May County authorities.
According to the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, an 18-month investigation into the activities of Stephen Grasch and Albert Grasch concluded when a sale of more than four ounces of cocaine on Aug. 11 by Stephen DiCristofaro, 46, of Medford, N.J., to Stephen Grasch was interrupted.
Forty members of the Cape May County Regional SWAT Team then searched the residences of Albert Grasch, Stephen Grasch and Stephen’s mother, Karen Grasch.
Albert Grasch, of 506 Washington Blvd, North Cape May, NJ, is being held on $200,000 bail at Cape May County Jail.
He is scheduled for a bail hearing on Aug. 28 and is charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine, endangering the welfare of a child and distribution of cocaine over a one-half ounce.
During the investigation, police seized about $26,000, four and one-half ounces of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $13,000 and more than 600 prescription pills with an estimated street value of $3,500.
On Wednesday an additional $31,300 was seized by authorities when the cash was found in a safety deposit box rented by Albert Grasch at Sturdy Savings Bank in North Cape May, N.J., Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor said.
Karen Grasch, 57, of 120 Vermont Ave., Villas, N.J., was charged with distribution of controlled substances.
She has been released on her own recognizance.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office is seeking forfeiture of Albert Grasch’s North Cape May property, as well as his son’s Green Creek property.
Taylor said that his office has no jurisdiction over property in Pennsylvania and can not seek forfeiture of the Forkston Mountain cabin.
He wouldn’t comment on the extent of the alleged drug distribution network.
The Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office was assisted by numerous police departments in New Jersey, as well as the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Organized Crime Section.