Law enforcement officials said a months-long investigation has led to a raid on the North Jersey drug ring in which agents seized more than a kilogram of suspected heroin and over 400 grams of fentanyl — totaling about $342,000 worth on the street.
Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, over 100 law enforcement officers were executing search warrants in Jersey City, Newark, Rahway and the Bronx, New York.
At least 14 people were arrested – including a US Postal Service employee – and police uncovered a manufacturing and distribution facility in Newark.
The eleven arrested men and three women are between 19 and 62 years old.
Charles King, 48, of Jersey City, was charged with running a drug trafficking network, conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl), money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Three handguns, over $70,000 in cash and $500,000 in jewelry believed to be drug proceeds were also seized.
The investigation involved the Hudson County Attorney General’s Narcotics Task Force, the Jersey City Police Department, the US Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the US Postal Inspection Service and the US Postal Service Office of the Inspector General.
Each of the following five men has been charged with second-degree conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl):
– Jorge Rosario, 49, from Rahway
– Erving Carter, 50, from Jersey City
– Kenneth Muldrow, 49, of Jersey City
– Charles Taylor, 48, from Jersey City
– Terrance Grant, 33, from Jersey City
Ronderence Pinckney, 50, of Jersey City, has faced a range of charges including conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl), conspiracy to commit money laundering and drug possession (heroin).
He was also charged with possession with intent to distribute (heroin), possession with intent to distribute (heroin) within 1,000 feet of a school, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, two counts of possession of a gun and a controlled hazardous substance, two charges against certain individuals who do not own a gun, and receiving stolen property (firearm).
Marlon Wells, 49, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl), two counts of possession with intent to distribute (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute.
Joseph Williams, 59, of Jersey City, was charged with conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl), possession with intent to distribute (heroin) and possession with intent to distribute (heroin) within 300 meters of a school.
Martin Adorno, 45, of the Bronx, has been charged with conspiracy to distribute (fentanyl) and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Kharheim Crawford, 49, of Jersey City, was charged with possession (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute.
Lois Hill, 62, of Jersey City, was charged with possession with intent to distribute
(Heroin) and possession with intent to distribute (Heroin) within 1,000 feet of a school.
Tamika Hill, 46, of Jersey City, has been charged with money laundering.
Jada Carter, 19, of Jersey City, was charged with obstruction.
“Charles King and his crew’s alleged plans to distribute fentanyl across New Jersey were fueled by sheer greed — a desire to enrich themselves in jewelry, cash, guns and cars — all at the expense of the communities who are bearing the burden that they bring with them through organized drug trafficking,” said Jason Molina, the special agent in charge of HSI Newark, in a written statement.
“These arrests are the result of multiple law enforcement agencies working together to dismantle a high profile and dangerous drug operation,” Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in the same joint release.
According to Suarez, further arrests and charges were pending as of Wednesday night.
Erin Vogt is a reporter and anchor for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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These are the best hiking areas in New Jersey
A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be all about the beach. Our state has some incredible hiking trails, waterfalls and lakes.
From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, there are many options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outside and enjoy nature, and it’s also a great workout.
If you are going downhill and meet an uphill hiker, step aside and give the uphill hiker room. A hiker going uphill has the right-of-way unless stopping to catch his breath.
Always stay on the trail, you may see side trails unless they are marked as an official trail, stay away from them. If you leave the trail, you can harm the ecosystems surrounding the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.
You also don’t want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and keep hiking.
Cyclists should give way to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give way to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey’s trails.
If you decide to take your dog with you on your hike, be sure to keep them on a leash and ensure all pet waste is removed.
Finally, keep the weather in mind, if the trail is too muddy it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.
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