Five New Jersey residents, including three members of the same family, were busted on heroin and other drug charges on March 3. The arrests were the culmination of an investigation by agencies in multiple counties, including Ocean County, Burlington County and Atlantic County.
According to authorities, a raid conducted at the Washington Township home of an alleged heroin kingpin turned up around 500 individual packets of heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Officers also found drug paraphernalia and around $1,500 in cash which were alleged by authorities to be drug proceeds.
The alleged leader, a 43-year-old man, was charged with possession of heroin, intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into Burlington County jail and held on $40,000 bail. His 22-year-old son, also of Washington Township, was charged with possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a summons. The father's 46-year-old brother, also of Washington Township, faces charges of cocaine possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released on a summons. Meanwhile, a 19-year-old Washington Township man and an 18-year-old Galloway Township woman were charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both were released on a summons.
The raids were conducted by detectives from the Ocean County Southern Enforcement Unit, the New Jersey State Police and various local agencies. In a statement sent to the media, the commander of the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Special Operations Group said that the busts demonstrated the effectiveness of multi-agency cooperation.
Heroin trafficking charges can result in significant and harsh consequences if a conviction is obtained. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney may be able to have the prosecutor agree to a reduced penalty in exchange for the provision by the defendant of testimony against those who are higher up in the distribution chain.
Source: NJ.com, "Family members charged in drug bust that netted 500 heroin doses, cash," Alex Napoliello, March 8, 2016