Authorities disrupt drug trafficking ring; 15 facing charges
ASBURY PARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal and local authorities say they’ve busted a large-scale heroin and cocaine trafficking ring in New Jersey.
Fifteen people were charged this week with conspiracy to distribute the drugs throughout Monmouth and Middlesex counties. Prosecutors say the defendants used multiple vehicles, code words and counter-surveillance to elude authorities while running the drug ring since May 2017.
Authorities used a mix of controlled drug purchases, wiretaps and confidential sources to build their case against the defendants, who are all from New Jersey or Pennsylvania. All 15 have been taken into custody except for a 43-year-old man who remained at large Thursday.
Each defendant could get up to 40 years in prison if they’re convicted on the conspiracy charges they face.