Law & Justice

2 Leaders of Heroin Operation Plead Guilty After Multi-Million Drug Bust

Fifteen people were arrested in late 2014 after authorities seized millions of dollars' worth of heroin, officials said. Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ - Two leaders of a drug ring pleaded guilty after they were caught with millions-of-dollars’ worth of heroin about three years ago, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park said yesterday.

William Camino, 38, and his second-in-command, Yakin “Yaya” Bryant, 37, both admitted to first-degree racketeering and first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, officials said.

Camino, Bryant and 13 others were arrested in late 2014 after authorities seized more than an estimated $3 million of heroin, according to the Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremiah Lenihan. The bust dismantled high-volume heroin mills in Linden and Union Township, said Lenihan, who prosecuted the case.

Sign Up for E-News

Additional drugs were also seized in two Elizabeth locations, Lenihan said. The heroin mills supplied wholesale-quantity amounts of narcotics throughout New Jersey and out-of-state areas, the prosecutor’s office said.

The drugs were seized after a Guns, Gangs, Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force investigation, Lenihan said. Approximately 5.5 kilograms of raw and processed heroin, including 2,100 packaged bricks were seized, officials said.

A silencer, bulletproof vest, loaded, .40-caliber handgun with hollow-point ammunition and extended 30-round ammunition magazine were also seized, the prosecutor’s office said.

Multiple agencies helped in the investigation and search warrants, including the Union County Emergency SWAT Unit and the Elizabeth, Linden and Union police departments.

Camino and Bryant are scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 20 before state Superior Court Judge Robert Kirsch. Prosecutors will recommend sentences of 15 years for Camino and 12 years for Bryant, with 85 percent of both terms to be served before the possibility of parole.

Eleven others involved in this case have also pleaded guilty, officials said. is Elizabeth’s free daily news source. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TAPElizabeth.

Download the TAPinto App!  Click here for Android.  Click here for iOS.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Sat, March 24, 10:00 AM

Burent Middle School , Union

Union County Wide - March for Our Lives

Government Law & Justice

Fri, April 6, 6:00 AM

Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown, Elizabeth

Echoes of Freedom Art exhibit to open at Snyder ...

Arts & Entertainment Giving Back

Wed, April 18, 6:00 PM

Linden Public Library, Linden

Friends of Linden Library annual book sale

Arts & Entertainment Other

NJ Legislative Black Caucus to Hold Recreational Marijuana Hearings

March 24, 2018

ELIZABETH, NJ - As local lawmakers wrestle with the issue of legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey, the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus is holding hearings to obtain input from constituents.

Assemblyman Jamel Holley, who represents Elizabeth and Roselle is a legalization proponent and is urging residents to attend a three-hour hearing.

“I've been an outspoken ...

Free Citizenship Workshop to be Held This Saturday in Elizabeth

ELIZABETH, NJ - A free Citizenship Workshop will be held this Saturday, March 24, at the Santa Isabel Lutheran Church from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. located at 908 East Jersey Street in Elizabeth.

The Citizenship Drive is an annual event that assists eligible residents to apply for naturalization. Immigration attorneys will be present to screen eligibility and trained volunteers will assist in the ...

Teacher Training at Trailside

MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ  - Teacher Training programs at Trailside will be offered this spring for teachers of students in Kindergarten through grade twelve starting March 15.

Project WET, a teacher training program for teachers K – 12 will be offered on Thurs. March 15 from 9 a.m.. to 3 p.m.  This workshop will provide the necessary tools, resources, and lessons for teachers ...

Information on Parking and Traffic for Saturday's 'March for Our Lives' Event

March 23, 2018

UNION, NJ – It is anticipated that several hundred people or more will participate in the Union County March for Our Lives event on Saturday morning in Union.

Students, teachers, parents, clergy and public officials from all over Union County will be walking from Burnet Middle School to Town Hall in an anti-gun violence march.

Parking will be available in the following ...

Hillsborough: Suspended HS Athletic Director Charged with Theft

March 20, 2018

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Suspended Hillsborough High School Athletic Director Michael Fanizzi has been arrested and charged with the theft of $10,704 in athletic event receipts over a four-year period from 2013-2017, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Fanizzi, 53, a resident of Conover Way in Hillsborough who had been athletics director for 14 years,, had been suspended ...

'Trying' explores age, youth and points of history in poignant production

‘Trying’ explores youth, age and points of history in poignant production

By Liz Keill

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The George Street Playhouse presents an engrossing, two-character play based on the real life of Francis Biddle, former Attorney General.

Biddle, a Harvard educated lawyer, served under Franklin Roosevelt and later Harry Truman during the Nuremberg Tribunal. His ...

Visit Union County’s Green Online Shop and Celebrate Earth Day with a New Compost Bin or Rain Barrel

March 23, 2018

Union County gardeners looking for a good Earth Day project can visit the new Union County Means Green online shop now and order a new compost bin or rain barrel at 50% off the retail price.

“Composting food scraps and harvesting rainwater are two effective ways to improve soil health and conserve water,” said Freeholder Chairman Sergio Granados. “Offering these compost bins ...