NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A New Brunswick man was arrested last week along with eight suspected members of a cocaine ring, following a months-long investigation dubbed “Operation Snowball,” authorities announced on December 15.
The nine-month investigation led to nine members of the alleged ring being arrested, after the suspects were found to have allegedly transported up to one third of a kilogram of cocaine each week, according to a release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Carlos Hernandez-Campus, 35 of New Brunswick, faces an array of charges for his alleged involvement, including several counts of cocaine possession and distribution and doing so within 1,000 feet of a school property, authorities said.
The suspected leader of the ring, Hugo Hernandez, brother of Carlos, based his operations out of the downtown Freehold Borough, prosecutor’s said.
Four search warrants were executed in Freehold Borough and one in New Brunswick on Thursday, December 14, authorities said, leading to the seizure of 721 grams of cocaine and $14,943.
Authorities identified the two Hernandez brothers as ring leaders, along with Lucino Roldan-Coria, also known as Rufino Roldan.
Also identified were a number of suspected lower-level dealers, authorities said: Antonio Romano-Jiminez, Miguel Garcia-Tapia, and Roberto Tlapa De La Era, all of whom allegedly took orders from Hernandez on where to deliver cocaine.
Garcia-Tapia has been charged with possessing and distributing cocaine, while Romano-Jiminez was charged with conspiracy to possess and distribute the drug. Another suspect, Procopio Morales-Hernandez, faces that same charge.
Gregorio Morales-Morales and John A. Depaola, all of Monmouth County, were also identified for their suspected involvement in the drug ring, and each face one count of conspiracy to possess cocaine, authorities said.