- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A New Jersey man with 17 prior convictions will spend 24 years in federal prison for helping supply a Pittsburgh-area ring heroin ring, some of whose members wore T-shirts labeled “Bricks R Us.”

Thirty-six-year-old Rafael Cabrera, of Passaic, New Jersey, was sentenced Wednesday by a federal judge in Pittsburgh after being convicted in May.

That’s when the FBI and US Attorney in Pittsburgh charged more than 40 people with selling the drugs in crime-ridden areas of Pittsburgh and its suburbs, but also openly in Monroeville. The middle-class community about 15 miles east of the city is known for a major mall and a shopping district known as the Miracle Mile.

The shirts refer to bricks of heroin, which are bundles of 10 stamp bags - or individual doses - of heroin.

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