A federal grand jury indicted eight people, including five from Atlantic County, in a heroin-trafficking ring Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said in a release.
Jamal Reid, 27, of Mays Landing; Courtney Broomfield, 25, of Atlantic City; Edward Brown Jr., 23, of Atlantic City; Nassaun Hines, 27, of Pleasantville; Baseem Taliaferro, 26, of Mays Landing; Matthew Palmer, 25, of Sicklerville, Camden County; Jamahl Daniels, 31, of Plainfield, Union County; and Leroy Farmer, 37, of Sicklerville, were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.
Reid, Broomfield, and Hines were also charged in separate counts with possession of a weapon by a previously convicted felon.
The group, allegedly led by Reid, coordinated delivery of heroin from North Jersey, and distributed it around South Jersey, the indictment says.
If convicted, each defendant faces a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine.
In order to distinguish their heroin from other heroin sold in Atlantic City, co-conspirators distributed the drug in bags that were colored or stamped with brand names such as Gucci, Hello Kitty and Prada, the indictment says.
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