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Federal prosecutors aim drug charges at 19 people in South Camden

The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey has filed drug charges against 19 people allegedly involved in a violent drug ring operating in South Camden. Authorities have yet to apprehend eight of the people, but the other 11 defendants were in custody and had appearances scheduled in U.S. district court.

Statements provided by FBI agents detailed a lengthy investigation that involved controlled drug buys, intercepted text messages, confidential informants and recorded telephone conversations. Investigators said that the drug dealers used many different mobile phones, and their conversations referred to heroin, powder cocaine and crack cocaine with code words.

Federal investigators claim that one of the men facing drug charges was responsible for the nonfatal shooting of two Camden County plainclothes police detectives at Broadway and Mount Vernon streets. Investigators have cited the man's pictures on social media as evidence of his participation in the Bloods gang. The 21-year-old man is currently in state custody for the alleged shooting. His lawyer insists that the authorities only have circumstantial evidence connecting him to the shooting and now hope to pin drug charges on him.

Any person facing criminal charges has the right to legal representation. A Hackensack, New Jersey, drug charges defense lawyer might help an individual obtain release on bail after an arrest. To build a defense, an attorney could investigate how law enforcement gathered evidence and challenge any information collected through unlawful searches. By questioning evidence, a lawyer might weaken a prosecutor's case and make authorities receptive to a plea deal that limits penalties. In the absence of an acceptable plea deal, an attorney could strive to convince a jury to acquit the person at trial.

Source: NJ, "19 charged in federal drug bust, including man charged with shooting 2 cops", Joe Brandt, November 28, 2018

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