34 Indicted for Roles in Reputed NJ Drug Ring

The charges stem from last summer's bust of the Fruit Town Brims, a unit of the Bloods gang

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2012  |  Updated 9:51 PM EDT
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34 Indicted for Roles in Reputed NJ Drug Ring

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Thirty-four people have been indicted for their alleged roles in a Paterson-based drug ring that had ties to a local street gang.

Among those named in the indictment handed up Tuesday by a Passaic County grand jury were the network's three alleged ringleaders — Alshaquen Nero and Tahir Canady, both of Paterson, and Shabli Williams of Old Bridge. They each face numerous drug- and weapons-related charges.

The charges stem from last summer's bust of the Fruit Town Brims, a unit of the Bloods gang. Authorities say the ring operated out of numerous apartments in Paterson's 4th Ward, selling $50,000 a week worth of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.

The other 31 people named in the indictment face charges that include conspiracy, drug distribution and child endangerment.

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