A joint law enforcement task force took down six individuals who were apparently involved in a major cocaine distribution organization like something out of the movie “Scarface” with Al Pacino. The task force, made up of FBI and detectives from the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, found a kilo of coke from the bust – which works out to be over 2 pounds. In total, the drugs were spread throughout 3 vehicles in Linden and a stash house in Perth Amboy.
In addition to the FBI and both County Prosecutor’s Offices, the Union County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and the Perth Amboy Police Department, Carteret Police Department, and Linden Police Department all assisted in aiding the investigation and making arrests.
All six men were charged with various degrees of drug distribution including first-degree cocaine distribution, second degree possession with intent to distribute and third degree possession of cocaine. Moreover, the defendant’s bails range from $400,000 to $250,000, which is reflective of the seriousness of the criminal charges they now face. For instance, if they are convicted or plead guilty to a first-degree crimes, they will face 10 to 20 years in state prison, while a second-degree crime carries a terms of 5 to 10 years. Both first and second degree indictable crimes carry a presumption of incarceration, meaning it is presumed under the law that you will go to state prison if convicted, even if it is your first time ever in trouble. For more information on the statute governing cocaine distribution, including potential penalties, feel free to visit our page on New Jersey cocaine distribution charges.