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Massive drug distribution bust in New Jersey

Some 25 people have been arrested and a manhunt is underway for a further four individuals, in what state law enforcement is calling "Operation Transformer." The operation headed by New Jersey authorities and encompassing several counties has been underway since late October. All individuals arrested and being sought are facing drug distribution charges pertaining to an alleged heroin ring operating in North and Central Jersey. 

The busts began on Oct. 23 when Superior Court-ordered search warrants were granted for several of the 29 suspects. Arrests continued the following week, resulting in 25 total arrests of a variety of New Jersey residents with ages ranging from early 30s to late 60s. This was the culmination of a four-month investigation into an alleged drug ring that was allegedly distributing heroin and cocaine. 

Police say they seized some $30,000 worth of heroin and a further $1,300 in cocaine. The heroin authorities say they recovered included 70 grams of raw heroin and some 2,500 packed bags meant for resale. A handgun and over $5,000 in cash were also said to have been recovered. Additional charges were filed against several of the individuals, including two men who are believed to have been the leaders of the distribution ring. Other charges include armed robbery and child endangerment.

drug distribution bust of this magnitude is a complicated undertaking with many moving parts and room for human error. Each of the accused individuals will face a New Jersey court, where they will be represented by their own criminal defense attorney who will carefully review all the facts of the case to determine the best possible defense regarding the crimes of which they are accused. The intent will be to contest any evidence brought forth by the prosecution with an aim toward reducing charges, lowering sentencing or having the charges dropped altogether. 

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