- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Three men have received prison terms for their roles in an international auto theft and carjacking ring that targeted luxury vehicles from New Jersey and New York and shipped them overseas.

New Jersey authorities say Kurtis Bossie received an 18-year sentence Friday, while Jim Bryant Jr. got a 10-year sentence. The Newark men pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and carjacking charges.

Daniel Hunt, of East Orange, received a five-year sentence. He pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to commit fencing.

The charges stemmed from “Operation Jacked,” a 10-month state investigation that recovered 160 stolen cars worth more than $8 million. The ring targeted high-end luxury vehicles including Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Jaguar and Aston Martin.

Many of the cars were taken at gun or knifepoint and shipped to West Africa.

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