LINDEN, NJ -- A 41 year old Plainfield man was caught up in a massive drug sting operated by the Union County Prosecutor's Office and the Linden Police Department in conjunction with more than a dozen local agencies. The investigation ultimately determined that high-ranking G-Shine part of the Bloods street gang members active in Linden, Elizabeth, Rahway, and Roselle were operating a drug ring throughout Northern, NJ.
Johnny Rozier of Plainfield was one of twenty people arrested in Union County for possession of various drugs with intent to sell, and is being held on $300,000 bail for conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.
“This investigation initially marked an effort to work with the Linden Police Department to remove what had become a thorn in the side of that community,” acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park said Monday. “Yet it ultimately developed into a wide-reaching operation involving a dozen jurisdictions working together to dismantle a multi-tiered distribution ring that essentially served as a ‘one-stop shop’ for illegal drugs being sold throughout the county."
The original investigation had discovered a "fully functional heroin mill" on Grier Avenue in Linden, according to the Prosecutor's office. Further observation identifies sales and distribution sites in Bloomfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Newark and Rahway. Many of these locations were fortified with thick wooden planks inside doors to prevent entry or video surveillance to warn of intruders or police.
The investigation seized more than a $500,000 in drugs and $100,000 in cash, as well as two handguns and four luxury vehicles. The drugs included almost ten pounds of MDMA, 60 grams of crack cocaine, 140 grams of cocaine, 140 grams of heroin, and 14,000 counterfeit Viagra pills. Additionally, more than 10,000 pills of various prescriptions were seized.
Accoriding to the National Institute on Drug Abuse 6.8 million people took prescription drugs given to someone else nonmedically, meaning without a prescription or in a manner it was not prescribed. Prescription drugs are also the second most likely to be the first drug a future addict takes.