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New Jersey street corner narco deal leads to 31 dealers being charged in drug ring spanning 2 states, foreign country

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31 suspected members of narcotics dealing rings charged in New York, New Jersey and an unnamed foreign country
The case began with agents surveilling street-level drug transaction in Lakewood, NJ
It led to agents arresting members of drug rings operating in Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union counties in New Jersey
It also led to uncovering narcotics activities in Bronx, New York City, and unidentified foreign country 
Drug facilities in Bloomfield, Jackson, Sayreville, Paterson, Piscataway and Plainfield dismantled 
Agents broke up nine drug production facilities, seized 90,000 doses of heroin, 20 pounds of cocaine, hundreds of prescription opioid pills
Authorities also seized 18 handguns, 2 rifles, $850,000 in cash, 27 vehicles worth more than $700,000
Cops still seeking three of the 31 suspects charged in the case as of Friday, in ongoing investigations
Joseph Coronato  1.jpgOcean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato briefs media on the mega-narco bust

Surveillance of  street corner drug deal at the Jersey shore has led authorities to busting drug dealing rings operating in two states and a foreign country, as well as the recovery of close to $1million cash, as well as well, as 27 luxury vehicles from the drug rings
Authorities in Ocean County say 31 people have been charged as part of the rings that dealt opioids and other drugs throughout New Jersey, in the Bronx, New York, and operated in at least one other country.
Authorities broke up nine drug production facilities, seized 90,000 doses of heroin, nearly 20 pounds of cocaine and hundreds of prescription opioid pills, according to Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato.
“Ocean County has been designated as ground zero in the opioid epidemic in New Jersey,” he said. “This is something we need to address,” Coronato said.
The case was the county’s first after being added to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration “High Intensity Drug Trafficking” task force.
Coronato told the gathered media that the  case began with officers monitoring  street-level drug transaction in Lakewood, New Jersey. The surveillance netted dealers who were subsequently arrested. Officers then followed the chain of distribution, which led them to narcotics activity in Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic and Union counties. The track also led to the Bronx in New York City, and a foreign country investigators wouldn’t identify.
Drug facilities in Bloomfield, Jackson, Sayreville, Paterson, Piscataway and Plainfield were dismantled, authorities said.

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