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Heroin Supply Network Bust Results in 15 Arrests

Group allegedly distributed millions of dollars of the drug in North Jersey and the tri-state area.

More than a dozen individuals were arrested for running a major North Jersey network that allegedly distributed millions of dollars of heroin to a number of processing mills and stash houses in Paterson, authorities announced Tuesday afternoon.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa made the announcement at the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office.

The network is thought to have supplied multiple kilos of Columbian heroin a week to other suppliers and large-scale dealers in North Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., according to Chiesa.

“Crime and drugs have no boundaries,” said Sheriff Richard Berdnik. “The fact that a major network was taken down will, in my opinion, have a significant impact on Passaic County and in the tri-state area.”

Personnel from the sheriff’s department, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, and the state’s Division of Criminal Justice’s Gangs, and Organized Crime Bureau participated in Operation Dismayed, a six-month long investigation designed to take down the distribution network.

Detectives from various agencies raided 10 heroin processing and stash houses in Paterson and Prospect Park last week.

Workers wore aprons and surgical masks allegedly worked at these locations to cut, process, and package heroin for the network.

Authorities seized three kilos of bulk heroin, another kilo of heroin packaged in thousands of glassine envelopes for individual sale, and $225,000 in cash. The heroin had a wholesale value of more than $300,000, authorities said.

Authorities estimate the bulk heroin could have sold for more than $1 million if sold on the street.

The heroin was not sold to individuals on the street. It was sold to wholesalers who in turn sold it on the street for approximately $10 a bag, Berdnik said.

Fifteen individuals were charged with running the network. The network’s alleged ringleader, Segundo Garcia, 36, of Prospect Park, was charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network, a first-degree crime that carries of sentence of life in prison. 

Garcia was also charged with distribution of heroin, possession with intent to distribute, both first-degree charges, and second-degree conspiracy. The other 14 defendants were charged with first-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute or second-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin.

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unrealthistown November 21, 2012 at 03:18 PM
And I thought I was the only one who knew that.........Thanks!
John Davies November 21, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Gee! When the police don't report things which affect the community in a timely manner, they are accused of withholding information to which the public is entitled. When they report something positive, they are accused of grandstanding to justify their jobs. It's just hard to please those who only have bad things to say, it seems. Your two premises have no logical connection, by the way. If you don't think the war on drugs is worthwhile, don't confuse the issue by gratuitously bashing the police for doing its job.
Emanon November 24, 2012 at 01:33 PM
My comment stands ......locking up people for drugs is flooding the prisons and over taxing the decent citizens . China has a great drug policy .....anyone caught using or distributing DEATH is the penalty. That takes care of rehab , and all that other tax payer wasted money........yes it is harsh .......but that will gradually deter the addicts and eventually eliminate them ! If we persist in doing what we are currently doing the problem will only get worse! The other possibility is to realize that 2 States have already legalized pot and others will soon follow.......that is what is happening. What puzzles me is that the hippies, now in congress, who were the pot smoking flower children of the sixties failed to enact drug laws sooner ...what took them so long to enact the legalization of pot?
John Davies November 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
My comment stands, too.
Our challenge is to teach those who wish to learn why heroin is dangerous and to constructively assist those in the throws of addiction. Law enforcers have the difficult job of enforcing the law which often draws criticism. Remember the child who made a difference in one starfish's life by tossing it back in the ocean? Hopefully, this has made an impact-however small-

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