Federal authorities recently arrested six individuals accused of heroin distribution in Clifton, NJ.
According to law enforcement, the investigation into the suspects was thorough and eventually resulted in police obtaining search warrants.
Agents with the NJ division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) executed the search warrants over the course of a single day and raided multiple locations.
DEA agents reportedly found, and seized, 20 kilograms of heroin while conducting the drug raids. The heroin is said to have a street value of roughly $10 million. Officials indicated that the heroin would sell for between $5 and $10 per dose on the street.
Details of the DEA drug raids and subsequent arrests are currently being kept under wraps by federal law enforcement.
If the suspects in the drug case are eventually convicted on the heroin distribution charges, they would likely face significant criminal penalties. Although the suspects will probably be charged under federal law, New Jersey state drug laws also impose severe punishments. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, manufacturing, distributing or dispensing heroin in a quantity of five ounces or greater is a first degree crime and could lead to a sentence of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison, as well as fines of up to $500,000.
The suspects will soon be required to appear before a federal judge in Newark, NJ so that their bail amounts can be set.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Feds Arrest 6, Seize $10 Million Worth of Heroin.”