On Nov. 17, several people in New Jersey were arrested for their alleged
involvement in heroin distribution throughout the area. The arrests were
the result of a series of raids that were initiated on Nov. 14. The 32-year-old
man who is alleged to be the leader of the drug organization now faces
charges that include maintaining a drug facility, conspiracy, racketeering,
lesser drug offenses and possession of heroin with intent to distribute.
Police claim to have recovered more than 4,300 bundles of heroin, totaling
an approximate street value of $3 million. The alleged leader of the organization
is accused of operating at least two heroin mills in Linden. The other
people accused of being involved with the mills now face charges that
include maintaining a drug facility, drug possession and racketeering.
The raids and arrests were the result of a month-long operation referred
to as "Operation Silver Bullet." Federal authorities and the
prosecutor's office collaborated on this joint investigation.
Law enforcement officials claim the heroin mills were supplying wholesale
amounts of narcotics to people in several counties throughout the state
and in cities outside the state as well. Local reports claim that there
was a total of more than 1,400 bricks of processed heroin, 2,300 grams
of raw heroin and heroin in over 13,000 loose bags confiscated in the
raid. During the search and seizure, police also recovered a customized
SUV, firearms, ammunition and drug manufacturing equipment.
People accused of committing a
heroin offense or other serious charges typically benefit from consulting a criminal
defense lawyer. Legal counsel may be effective in protecting the rights
of the accused while investigating the credibility of the charges. Lawyers
might be able to get the case dismissed or the charges reduced if there's
been some sort of egregious error committed by the investigating officers
or the prosecution's office.
Source: New Jersey 101.5, "8 charged following raids on alleged NJ heroin mills", November 17, 2014