- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

FREEHOLD BOROUGH, N.J. (AP) - Twenty people have been indicted on numerous charges stemming from their alleged roles in a large-scale heroin and cocaine distribution ring.

Monmouth County prosecutors say “Operation Family Tides” was initiated last fall. The 10-month investigation determined that drugs were being sold out of residences in Monmouth and Middlesex counties.

Officials say the drug ring recruited people to sell packaged heroin, along with both powder and crack cocaine.

The ring’s four alleged leaders are charged with possessing and distributing the drugs and conspiracy. They could face life sentences if convicted.

Prosecutors say that many of the people charged in the case are related to each other.

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