Over a dozen indicted after NJ authorities uncover family-run drug operation

Kim Glovas
February 29, 2020 - 4:00 am
More than a dozen people have been indicted after law enforcement officials in New Jersey uncovered a family-run heroin and fentanyl operation as part of "Operation Strikeout."

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than a dozen people have been indicted after law enforcement officials in New Jersey uncovered a family-run heroin and fentanyl operation as part of "Operation Strikeout."

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal says the drug network operated in a violent North Camden neighborhood. Charges against those involved include first-degree racketeering, making illegal and untraceable ghost guns, and related drug crimes. 

Wilbert Segarra of Camden, the alleged ringleader, is charged with first-degree leading a narcotics trafficking network. That carries a sentence of life in prison, including 25 years without parole.  

The indictment alleges that the network sold single-dose wax folds of heroin and fentanyl starting in January 2019, and operated around the 400 block of Grant Street in North Camden. It also had a second location on Whitaker Avenue in Philadelphia, where the wax folds were packaged.           

The single doses carried names like "SpongeBob", "Bad Boys" and "Glizzy Gang". Investigators say the "Bad Boys" heroin has been linked to two fatal overdoses. 

Eight of the 14 involved in the operation were arrested last October. In addition, hundreds of wax folds of heroin and fentanyl, guns and plans to make ghost gun assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols, and 70 grams of pure fentanyl were seized.