Law enforcement recently arrested five people, including a Parsippany man, accused of running a heroin trafficking operation throughout NJ and NYC.
According to authorities, the drug distribution network sold illegal drugs in New Jersey and New York from June 2015 to May 2016. The suspects allegedly employed couriers who would deliver heroin to “mid-level” drug dealers, with those dealers then handing off the narcotics to “street-level” dealers. The final step in the process was selling the heroin to drug addicts.
The NJ part of the illegal drug operation reportedly focused on Morris County areas, while the NY dealers targeted their sales in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Among the suspects are a 25-year-old Parsippany NJ man, a 27-year-old Paterson man, a 32-year-old Paterson NJ man, a 26-year-old Bronx man, and a 28-year-old man from Stony Point, New York.
All five suspects face criminal charges for conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin.
The suspects have been charged at the federal level, not the state level, because the heroin distribution ring allegedly crossed state lines and affected interstate commerce.
The suspects recently appeared in U.S. District Court in Newark NJ for pretrial proceedings.
Several other suspects were previously arrested, and charged, for their alleged roles in the drug distribution network.
If any of the suspects are ultimately convicted of drug distribution, they could be sentenced to life imprisonment in a federal penitentiary, in addition to being fined as much as $10 million.
For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Feds Charge Parsippany Man with Heroin Distribution.”