RED BANK, NJ – Edmund Scattaglia, 43, of Red Bank was sentenced August 9th to 10 years in state prison by Ocean County’s Superior Court Judge Wendel E. Daniels.  Scattaglia, who previously pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree distribution of cocaine, must serve 40 months of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

Scattaglia was identified as a “top member” and alleged to have led a Middletown-based drug-trafficking ring that sold cocaine in Monmouth and Ocean.

"While law enforcement has focused its attention on heroin, fentanyl and opioid pain pills in its fight against the opioid epidemic, we continue to target major traffickers like Scattaglia who distribute cocaine, which contributes to hundreds of overdose deaths each year in New Jersey as well as the violence that accompanies street-level drug dealing,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.

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In June 2015, New Jersey State Police arrested Scattaglia in a surveillance investigation called "Operation Tidal Wave," along with 15 other alleged members

In addition to the New Jersey State Police, cooperating agencies included the Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlantic City Office which led the investigation.  The state Division of Criminal Justice, the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and police in Middletown and Jersey City were also part of the unit.

“The positive effects of collaborative investigations like ‘Operation Tidal Wave’ include a reduction in violence associated with dealing, the disruption of a major trafficking network, and almost certainly a life saved,” said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.  “The New Jersey State Police Trafficking Central Unit and our law enforcement partners are committed to shutting down these organizations and bringing dealers like Scattaglia to justice.”

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