TRENTON, NJ -- Working in coordination across state lines, New Jersey's Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and District Attorneys from Pennsylvania's Montgomery County, Kevin R. Steele, and Bucks County, Matt Weintraub, announced the arrests of three men allegedly involved in a drug trafficking ring.
The three men arrested in New Jersey on charges related to heroin trafficking are Sabree Burke, 30, of Huntington Valley, P.A; Roderick McKinney, 24, of Trenton, N.J., and Stanley Akers, 21, of Hamilton. The November 14 arrests were the culmination of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a heroin drug trafficking organization that spanned both states, officials said.
Burke’s organization allegedly operated in and around Hamilton Township and Trenton, as well as in Pennsylvania's Montgomery and Bucks Counties. At the time of their arrests, all three defendants were found to have a significant amount of heroin and cash on their person and in their residences.
Burke was in possession of 130 bricks of heroin -- the equivalent of 6,500 packets -- a loaded .40 caliber Ruger with an obliterated serial number and $1,454 cash. McKinney was in possession of 71 bricks of heroin -- the equivalent of 3,550 packets -- and $500 cash. Akers was in possession of 50 bricks of heroin -- the equivalent of 2,500 packets-- and $3,730 cash. The heroin bricks, each allegedly stamped with “Louis Vuitton” in red lettering, were worth a combined street value of more than $100,000.
“Burke’s arrest and the arrest of two of his main lieutenants, Akers and McKinney, has cut off a significant source of heroin in Southeastern Pennsylvania and Central New Jersey,” said Steele. “Law enforcement is committed to working together to investigate and dismantle drug trafficking operations like Burke’s.”
“This investigation represents the tremendous good that can be done when law enforcement from all levels come together to work as a team,” said Onofri. “We will continue to collaborate with our law enforcement partners to stem the flow of illegal drugs into our communities.”
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