TRENTON, NJ — Six Monmouth County residents are among 15 people charged in connection with a heroin and cocaine trafficking ring that operated in the Bayshore region of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.

Daniel Alfano, 44, of Keansburg, Christy Dube, 43, of the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen, Brian Hall, 47, of Howell, George Holiday Sr., 47, of Union Beach and Tyler Scarangello, 33, of the Belford section of Middletown, and 10 other defendants were scheduled to appear for their initial hearings yesterday, November 28, before U.S. Magistrate Tonianne J. Bongiovanni in Trenton federal court. One defendant from Monmouth County, Shavar Williams, 43, of Cliffwood, remains at large.

All 15 defendants were charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and 14 were charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, officials said in a statement.

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Also charged are: Guy Jackson, 46, and Lashawn Mealing, 47, both of Effort, Pa.; Gregory Gillens, 46, of Hillsdale; Richard Gethers, 43, and Deberal Rogers, 46, both of Perth Amboy; Krystal Cordoba, 33, of Elizabeth; Daniel McHugh, 48,of  Sayreville; David Nagy, 41; and Daryl Jackson, 45, both of Old Bridge. Jackson was charged only with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

The takedown of the drug trafficking conspiracy was a coordinated effort of the FBI, Jersey Shore Gang and Criminal Organization Task Force (including representatives from the Bradley Beach, Brick, Howell, Toms River, Union Beach and Marlboro police departments, and the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office), Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and New Jersey State Police, as well as the Matawan, Holmdel, Keansburg, Hazlet, Highlands, Aberdeen and Old Bridge police departments.

Below is taken from the statement released by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito on November 28 on the investigation that resulted in the arrests.

“From May 2017 to November 2018, the defendants and others engaged in a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in the Raritan Bayshore region of Middlesex and northern Monmouth counties.

“Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine, the use of confidential sources of information and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that Jackson, Gethers Rogers regularly obtained large quantities of heroin and cocaine for distribution from Gillens. Mealing, Jackson’s wife, also engaged in the conspiracy to distribute these illegal drugs along with her husband.

“Members of the conspiracy redistributed the heroin and cocaine supplied by Gillens for profit to other conspirators, distributors, sub-dealers, and end users in the Bayshore area. Based on laboratory analysis of heroin obtained through controlled purchases from a member of the conspiracy, the heroin distributed by the conspiracy is believed to contain fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid.

“Law enforcement officials intercepted numerous discussions between the conspirators regarding the availability of quantities of heroin and cocaine, pricing, packaging, quantity and customer satisfaction. The members of the conspiracy frequently took — and discussed taking — affirmative steps to avoid detection by law enforcement, including using prepaid cellular telephones with fictitious or no subscriber information, engaging in counter surveillance of law enforcement vehicles, using multiple vehicles to conduct narcotics transactions, discussing whether certain individuals might be cooperating with law enforcement, and speaking in coded language to disguise the illicit nature of their discussions.”

Each defendant could face up to 40 years in prison, and a maximum $500 million fine, on each heroin and cocaine conspiracy counts, if convicted.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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