It was reported on Aug. 13 that six people were arraigned on charges relating to a large New Jersey drug ring that dealt with heroin. According to the report, the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Onondaga County District Attorney’s Office began the investigation into an alleged drug ring nearly one year ago.
The alleged leader of the ring was identified as a 41-year-old man who was arraigned on Aug. 13. He was charged with conspiracy and drug possession. Eight others who were accused of being involved in the ring have already pleaded guilty to the charges while seven of them have already received their sentences. Authorities said that five additional people were involved, but the authorities were reportedly still attempting to track them down and their identities were not known.
Investigators say that they seized a number of assets from the drug ring, including 10,000 packets of heroin that totaled approximately 13 ounces. Additionally, they also seized cash and property that totaled approximately $100,000 and a handgun. The authorities stated that they will continue to work with federal resources in order to reduce the amount of heroin that is brought into the area.
Those who are facing serious drug charges, such as drug trafficking or possession with intent to sell, potentially face severe penalties that could include a prison sentence, supervised probation and a felony criminal record if they are convicted. Depending upon the unique circumstances of the case, an attorney may be able to help provide a strong criminal defense for their client. For example, they may be able to provide evidence that proves that their client was not involved with the drug ring. Additionally, they may be able to find fault in the authorities’ procedures, which could lead to a dismissal of the charges.
Source: WAER, “Drug Ring Bust Nets 14 Arrests, 10,000 Packets of Heroin“, Scott Willis, August 13, 2013