BY CHRISTINE VALDEZ
About 15 people have been arrested in what is considered to be one of the biggest drug raids in the Garden State.
On Tuesday, 15 arrests were made in several locations in Paterson where law enforcement officials found three kilos of heroin, one and a half kilos of cocaine and $255,000 in cash, according to New Jersey 101.5.
“These were processing mills where you could go and obtain your drugs,” said State Attorney Jeffrey Chiesa to NJ 101.5. “So you would then be in a position as a dealer to go out and sell them.”
The heroin bust also targeted suppliers and dealers in North Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C, according to Wayne Patch. In total, detectives also raided about 10 locations in Paterson and Prospect Park.
According to Wayne Patch the bulk heroin that was seized by authorities could have been sold for more than $1 million on the street. The heroin was also sold to wholesalers who would go on and sell in on the street for about $10 a bag.
Police have named Segundo Garcia, 36, of Prospect Park, as the heroin ring leader. He has been charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network according to NJ 101.5, as well as a first-degree crime with a life in prison sentence. Garcia would also go 25 years without parole.
Other charges made against Garcia also include first-degree distribution of heroin, first-degree possession with intent to distribute, as well as second-degree conspiracy.
The other defendants have been charged with first-degree possession of heroin with intent to distribute or second-degree conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Bail has been set for Garcia at $350,000 cash. The rest of the defendants have bails ranging from $125,000 to $250,000. All will require a bail source hearing.