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Bill 'El Wingador' Simmons Arrested on Cocaine Charges

The New Jersey State Police announced the arrest Tuesday of the wing-eating champion.

Five-time Wing Bowl champion and Woodbury Heights native Bill “El Wingador” Simmons has been arrested on cocaine distribution charges, New Jersey State Police Lt. Stephen Jones announced Tuesday.

Simmons was caught with $8,000 worth of powdered cocaine and more than $4,000 in cash in his 2010 Kia Soul when State Police detectives stopped him Friday evening, June 15, in Harrison Township, Jones said.

Immediately following the car stop, state troopers and investigators from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office (GCPO), part of a joint investigation by the State Police Drug Trafficking South Unit and the GCPO, executed two search warrants at two Woodbury Heights homes with a connection to Simmons, Jones said.

Simmons was charged with first-degree distribution of drugs and was placed in the Gloucester County jail on default of $100,000 full cash bail.

Simmons’ car, which was decorated with a vehicle wrap touting his Wing Bowl nickname, was seized pending forfeiture, Jones said.

“It is regrettable that Mr. Simmons’ notoriety has taken a negative turn,” said Gloucester County Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton. “However, the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office works closely with other law enforcement agencies to stop the significant distribution of controlled dangerous substances that is reflected in the charges against him.”

Best known for his performances at Wing Bowl, the annual chicken wing eating competition in Philadelphia, Simmons won five titles before retiring, only to come back after several years and make another go of it last year.

—by a single wing—to Jonathan “Super” Squibb in 2011, and . Simmons announced his retirement for good after this year’s competition.

Simmons, a former truck driver, had sold a line of sauces and licensed El Wingador wings through Swedesboro-based Rastelli Foods. Simmons' website, elwingador.net, was listed as expired as of May 27.

Simmons could be in court Friday morning, if he or his attorney requests a bail hearing by Wednesday, GCPO spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said.

redneckwillie3 June 19, 2012 at 09:08 PM
they should strip him of those titles he won. that is a total disgrace.is this waht happens when you eat too much chicken. 94 WIP and the morning team must be petrified. nothing like getting caught in the car he won at wing bowl. I think gloucester county jail serves chicken on thursdays
Bryan Littel (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 09:12 PM
There's actually some question about the Kia - haven't confirmed it yet, but since Wingador hasn't won a title since 2005, it's probably not one of the cars he won in the competition.
redneckwillie3 June 19, 2012 at 11:05 PM
bryan if i'm not mistaken I think he won that car even tho he didn't win the competition it was for something other to do with the contest but I can't recall was it the contest with joey chestnut and joey was exempt from winning the car and it went to the runner up and that was simmons
Bryan Littel (Editor) June 19, 2012 at 11:33 PM
It's possible, but Wingador wasn't in it in 2009 or 2010, when you'd think the car would've been awarded.
Kristi Simpkins June 19, 2012 at 11:41 PM
It's sad that it had to come to this. However if he's guilty of those charges & he had drugs in his possession, then he should be treated as any other drug dealer &/or addict would when they get caught. Sorry but he doesn't a free pass b/c of him being known for who he is/was. Either selling &/or using he's still wrong. He should be held accountable for his crimes that he committed.
redneckwillie3 June 20, 2012 at 12:35 AM
I can't believe that someone who had so much goin for him could get involved with something like this. I feel sorry for his family.maybe after all is done he could put this behind him and move on with his life CASE IN POINT LINDSAY LOHAN
AllTaxedOut June 20, 2012 at 08:00 AM
Wow....fame went to his head via his nose....snort! I'm not saying this is predictable in that the so-called "sport" of competitive eating is a gateway to drugs, but then again the whole genre of competitive eating, i.e., gluttony (or the idea of it) is a likely gateway to a whole litany of the weird and wanton...

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