- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Twenty-one people have been indicted following the disruption of what New Jersey law enforcement officials say was a high-volume heroin distribution network.

New Jersey’s attorney general said Thursday that Derek Fuqua has been charged with several counts, including leading a narcotics trafficking network. The 36-year-old Piscataway resident allegedly used friends and relatives to distribute the drug in Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Hudson counties.

Fuqua’s attorney, Andrew Seewald, cited a defendant’s “presumption of innocence” when asked for comment.

Law enforcement agencies participated in the April 2013 raid, seizing more than $250,000 in drugs, about $150,000 in cash, six guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Twenty other people face charges of conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly assisting in the heroin ring.

Fuqua could face life in prison.

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