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5 New Jersey residents arrested in heroin bust

5 New Jersey residents arrested in heroin bust

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

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