A two-month long drug investigation has resulted in the arrest of 10 people accused of being involved in a "heroin-mill" in New Jersey. The drug charges include accusations of drug trafficking. Investigators accused the individuals of being involved in a large-scale drug operation throughout the New Jersey and New York metropolitan area.
In most cases, when people are charged with drug crimes it is the result of an intensive investigation by more than just the police. In this instance, several different federal and state law enforcement agencies worked together to compile evidence in the investigation. These agencies include:
· The special Narcotics Prosecutor's Investigators Unit
· The Fort Lee and Cliffside Park police departments
· The Bergen County Prosecutor's Office gangs and violent crimes task force
· The Drug Enforcement Agency's New Jersey Field Division
· The Passaic County Sheriff's Department
· The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, which includes officers from the New York City and New York State police departments
These law enforcement officials observed a van driving from the Washington Heights neighborhood in Manhattan to a residence in Fort Lee on several occasions. The New Jersey home was searched prior to the arrests. During the search, more than five pounds of unprocessed heroin were seized, along with drug paraphernalia and $50,000 in cash.
One of the accused individuals, who resides at the Fort Lee home, was allegedly found labeling packages that are suspected of being used to distribute the heroin. The other nine defendants are accused of packaging the heroin at the time of the drug bust.
Multiple charges have been brought against the 10 accused individuals, including, possession of heroin, possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and maintaining a heroin production facility. These are serious charges and, if convicted, these individuals will face severe penalties, including jail time. For now, two of the accused are awaiting trial on $250,000 bail, while bail has been set at $150,000 for the other eight accused individuals.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "10 arrested in Fort Lee heroin-mill bust," Merry Firschein, 29 April 2011
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