Legacy Healing Center Blog
Back in 2018, four men were busted in Newark, NJ, for trafficking heroin to motorists who were exiting a nearby highway. This bizarre setup prompted an eight-month investigation referred to as “Operation Drive-Through”.1 Those accused of operating this drug ring were responsible for bringing a large amount of the deadly substance heroin to a residential community, putting the lives of countless people at risk. Luckily, the brave and calculated actions of law enforcement brought these individuals to justice, who now face years in prison for their crimes.
What Exactly Happened off Ridgewood Avenue?
The four men convicted were responsible for operating a drug ring where they were distributing heroin to motorists exiting the nearby highway of I-78. These motorists were able to pick up their purchases and drive off, leaving the accused with a successful illegal business in motion. Tips for this drug distribution eventually landed in the hands of local police, who began an eight-month-long investigation to catch the dealers in the act.1
After months of surveillance, December was the month it all came crashing down. With multiple search warrants in hand, detectives and K-9s from a variety of units executed these operations, and what they found was shocking. According to reports, officials seized “two AR-15 assault rifles, ten handguns, one tactical shotgun, seven large-capacity ammunition magazines, over 100,000 bags of heroin, more than a kilogram of crack and powder cocaine, and more than $195,000 in cash.”1
Hefty Sentences for the Accused
All four men pleaded guilty to a myriad of charges, the most common of which was first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). The 40-year-old ringleader was sentenced to 14 years in prison, with 42 months of parole ineligibility. A 42-year-old participant was sentenced to 10 years, also with 42 months of parole ineligibility. The same went for the youngest arrested, who at age 30 was sentenced to 5 years in state prison and, as with the others, has 42 months of parole ineligibility. The oldest, at 50 years of age, was sentenced to 7 years.
These hefty charges should come as a stern warning to anyone who traffics illegal drugs in our country. Not only does it put the lives of those addicted at risk, but other members of the community as well. If you or someone you care about is currently struggling with a substance use disorder, Legacy is here to help.
The Best Drug Rehab in New Jersey
For those struggling to break free from an addiction, Legacy’s Cherry Hill rehab offers effective heroin addiction treatment that can help you find recovery. Our facility employs a variety of life-changing programs that ensure each individual gets the most effective care for their unique needs. One example is our IOP in New Jersey. This intensive outpatient program allows people to obtain treatment while attending to any personal obligations they may have. No matter the case, our team of professionals will do everything in their power to ensure you can make the most of your experience.
As the New Jersey opioid epidemic continues, these convictions help to minimize that reach, even if only by a small amount.