NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Following an extensive, months-long investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies, a drug distribution and money-laundering network in Middlesex and Monmouth counties has been broken up, says a report issued by the New Jersey State Police today.

The New Jersey State Police have arrested eight people of being part of an alleged drug trafficking ring operating in multiple locations throughout Central New Jersey and seized cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

The eight-month cooperative investigation dubbed “Operation Punch Out,” began in December of 2017 and targeted a drug distribution network operating in Middlesex and Monmouth counties. The effort was led by the New Jersey State Police Trafficking Central Unit with assistance from Troop “D” Criminal Investigation Office, DEA Newark Office, Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, Perth Amboy Police Department, Elizabeth Police Department, Wall Township Police Department, and Old Bridge Police Department.

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Through various investigative means, detectives determined that the network, which was allegedly headed by Tyson Abel, 42, of Edison, N.J., and Jose Concepcion Jr, 39, of Long Branch, N.J., sold significant quantities of cocaine and heroin in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties and surrounding areas.

On Friday, July 27, detectives executed search warrants at various locations in Old Bridge Township, Long Branch City, and Edison Township. As a result, detectives arrested eight people and seized more than 700 grams of cocaine, more than 350 grams of heroin, more than 10 pounds of marijuana, $65,610 cash, and a 2014 Chevy Equinox, say police soures.

“These ring members allegedly profited from others’ addiction,” said New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal. “Through intelligence-driven operations like this one involving collaboration among state, federal, county and local law enforcement agencies, we are targeting the drug suppliers who are fueling not only addiction, but also the violence that accompanies street-level drug dealing.”

“The accused were well organized, operating a sophisticated trafficking network that profited by peddling deadly and highly addictive narcotics like heroin and cocaine,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police. “I commend the outstanding work of the State Police Trafficking Central Unit and our partners for dismantling this illegal drug trafficking ring, and most certainly making the affected communities safer as a result.”

“Long-term investigations like Operation Punch Out enable us to dismantle these narcotics rings from top to bottom, with charges against the alleged leader as well as those allegedly distributing drugs at his direction,” said Director Veronica Allende of the Division of Criminal Justice. “The charges announced today are the result of great collaboration involving the State Police, the DEA, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and local law enforcement partners.”

The following people were were arrested and charged with the following:

Tyson Abel, 42, of Edison, N.J. on charges of distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin, possession of cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to distribute cocaine/heroin.

Jose Concepcion Jr, 39, of Long Branch, N.J on charges of distribution of cocaine, money laundering, conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of marijuana.

Anthony Velasquez, 24, of Long Branch, N.J.on charges of distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin, possession of cocaine and heroin and conspiracy to distribute cocaine/heroin.

Alejandro Burgos, 38, of Asbury Park, N.J. on charges of money laundering,distribution of marijuana and conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

Jose Concepcion III, 22, of Old Bridge, N.J. on charges of money laundering and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Saleem Kelly, 21, of Old Bridge, N.J. on charges of money laundering and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Khalid Thomas, 36, of Old Bridge, N.J. on charges of money laundering and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

Davon Cody, 28, of Brick, N.J. on charges of distribution of cocaine, distribution of heroin and possession of cocaine/heroin.

The case will be prosecuted by the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice in the Office of the Attorney General.

Charges are mere accusations, and the accused are considered innocent until proven guilty.