Most of the defendants are from Paulsboro, but one man from Delaware is said to have gotten cocaine by the kilogram

Twenty-one people were arrested this week for their alleged involvement in a drug ring that saw cocaine come from Texas and Delaware into New Jersey. Other drugs and $39,000 in cash were seized during the arrests, Gloucester County Prosecutor Charles Fiore said.

Most of the arrests and warranted searches took place in Paulsboro on Monday. Besides 400 grams of cocaine, authorities recovered 200 grams of crystal meth, 120 grams of heroin, 356 Percocet pills, two handguns, a sawed-off shotgun and $39,000 in cash.

Those charged in Operation Red Raider — referring to the Paulsboro mascot — range from ages 19 to 56. The bust involved state and federal agencies (including the DEA and ATF) along with 12 local police departments in the county.

Investigators said Duane Johns, 31, led the drug ring and bought cocaine from Darnell Samuels, a 35-year-old Wilmington, Delaware resident. Samuels was receiving cocaine from Texas “in kilogram amounts,” Fiore said in a statement.

Samuels was previously charged with committing a 2016 homicide in Paulsboro – a case that’s pending in court.

The seized heroin was sent to a State Police lab for testing that can determine if it also contains fentanyl, the powerful opioid that has contributed to a spike in overdose deaths. Gloucester County has had 49 fatal overdoses so far in 2018; there were 69 in all of 2017.

“This week’s operation underscores my unwavering commitment to aggressively pursue and prosecute those engaged in distributing and selling illegal and many times fatal drugs,” Fiore said.

Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said: “With so many dying from overdoses of heroin and the super-potent opioid fentanyl, which is recklessly mixed with or substituted for heroin, dealers are really profiting at …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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