Twenty people – including six from Aberdeen and Keyport – have been indicted in connection with a heroin ring that authorities say primarily dealt out of the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen.
The 136-count indictment follows an “intense” investigation begun last fall in conjunction with other efforts to combat the flow of heroin into the Bayshore, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced in a prepared statement.
During the investigation, detectives learned that members of the drug ring sold “substantial” quantities of heroin on a near-daily basis, operating out of houses and apartments in both Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, Gramiccioni said.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Family Tides,” revealed that many of the members of the alleged ring are related to one another and regularly conspired to obtain “raw” or unpackaged, undiluted heroin. They allegedly recruited people to package that heroin for sale, and sold it at several locations, but primarily in Cliffwood, Gramiccioni said.
Members of the operation also sold both powder and crack cocaine, he said.
Four men are believed to have run the drug ring.
They are: Gregory “IA” Moore, 34; Terrence “T9” Brown, 38; Edward “Head” Gutridge II, 30, all of the Cliffwood; and Halee Wing, 37, of East Orange.
All four have been charged with being a leader of a narcotics trafficking network, which is a first-degree crime for which they could be sentenced to life in prison. They also face charges of conspiracy, drug possession with intent to distribute, and drug dealing.
The investigation uncovered two locations – apartments in Perth Amboy and Woodbridge – where heroin and cocaine were allegedly processed and packaged for sale.
Alina Alma, 24, of New York City; Timothy Davidson, 38, of Old Bridge; Gutridge and Wing were each charged with running a a drug making operation out of the Perth Amboy apartment.
James “King James” Hemenway, 37, of Woodbridge, was charged with running the Woodbridge operation.
Also named as co-conspirators were: Isaiah “Zeke” Edwards, 25, of Old Bridge; Raymond “Hood” Jackson, 30, of Keyport; Bianca Edwards, 22, of Old Bridge; Joseph “Rule” Jackson Jr., 44, of Matawan; and Krystal Mell, 26, of Keansburg. Another woman, Jessica German, 21, of New York City, was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
The indictment named several people who allegedly bought drugs from one or more of the co-conspirators: Ryan Murphy, 26, and Taheem Brown, 22, both of the Cliffwood; Jason Remp, 21, of Hazlet; James Mitchell, 57, Shannon Lecomte, 21, and Denise Giuriceo, 41, of Keansburg; and Christine Owens, 44, of the West Keansburg section of Hazlet. All face charges of conspiracy to to possess drugs and drug possession.