Bill 'El Wingador' Simmons Booked for Coke Distribution
The New Jersey State Police announced the arrest Tuesday of the 610 WIP Wing Bowl champion.
Five-time Wing Bowl champion and Woodbury Heights native Bill “El Wingador” Simmons has been arrested on cocaine distribution charges, according to a press release from the New Jersey State Police.
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 June 15 in Harrison Township, Jones said.
Immediately following the car stop, state troopers and investigators from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office (GCPO) executed search warrants at two Woodbury Heights homes identified as sharing a connection with Simmons.
Simmons was charged with first-degree distribution of drugs and remanded to the Gloucester County correctional facility on default of a $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.
“The Gloucester County prosecutor’s office works closely with other law enforcement agencies to stop the significant distribution of controlled dangerous substances, [which] is reflected in the charges against him.”
Simmons was famous as a five-time winner of the 610 WIP Wing Bowl eating challenge. He is the inaugural champion enshrined in its Hall of Fame, and until May 27 of this year, maintained a website dedicated to his persona.
In 2011, Simmons finished second—by a single wing—to Jonathan “Super” Squibb, dashing hopes of a career comeback. In 2012, he was a distant third to Squibb and Takeru Kobayashi this year, and announced his retirement.
Simmons, a former truck driver, had sold a line of sauces and licensed El Wingador wings through Swedesboro-based Rastelli Foods.
Simmons could be in court Friday morning, if he or his attorney requests a bail hearing by Wednesday, Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld said.