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New Jersey men accused of drug trafficking

According to police, a New Jersey man allegedly distributed over 150 kilograms of cocaine over a period of 17 years.

The 35-year-old was arrested earlier this month on federal drug trafficking charges, as was another man who allegedly provided security for him.

The 35-year-old was charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine base. The other man was charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.

The security man was also charged with using a firearm in a drug trafficking crime when he allegedly killed a man in January 2000.

According to the complaint, the 35-year-old was caught with 150 kilograms of cocaine; he's said by police to be the leader of a large-scale organization.

The complaint also alleged that at least 150 kilograms of cocaine was distributed throughout Camden between 1990 and 2007.

The complaint accuses the man of buying cocaine from a dealer in Camden. He would then, according to the complaint, convert the powdered cocaine into crack, selling it then to customers in different neighborhoods.

Law enforcement officials say he had a number of people working to distribute the crack. The complaint also accuses him of carrying firearms while trafficking the drugs.

According to law enforcement, they received information from at least seven witnesses who were cooperating with police. The witnesses allegedly described the man's activities in the organization, along with the organization's operations.

If the 35-year-old is convicted on the conspiracy count, he faces a minimum potential penalty of 10 years in prison, and a maximum sentence of life in prison. He could also be fined up to $4 million.

Source: Westmoreland Times: "Man charged with leading large-scale crack cocaine network," Feb. 16, 2012