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Three bothers sentenced to prison for leading violent cartel-linked drug ring in South Jersey

May 29, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Three bothers sentenced to prison for leading violent cartel-linked drug ring in South Jersey

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Three brothers who federal authorities say oversaw a violent Mexican cartel-linked drug ring out of Camden, New Jersey were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences on Friday.

U.S. prosecutors accused Edwin and Edward Urbina, both of Camden along with Omar Urbina Sr., of Philadelphia, in a Sept. 2014 indictment of controlling open-air drug markets in Camden.

Law enforcement officials said the drug ring maintained control of the narcotics market in the area through the use of violence, over the course of several years, where they sold hundreds of thousands of dollars cocaine and heroin every month.

Feds say the drug operation also distributed large quantities of heroin the New Jersey counties of Neptune, Monmouth, Ocean, Asbury Park and Middlesex.

Edwin, Omar, and Edward Urbina (New Jersey Attorney General's Office)

Edwin, Omar, and Edward Urbina (New Jersey Attorney General’s Office)

According to New Jersey State acting Attorney General Robert Lougy, the indictment stemmed from a joint investigation called “Operation North Pole” involving federal and local law enforcement which led to the dismantling what is considered Camden’s biggest drug bust in over a decade.

Federal agents, who utilized cooperating witnesses and intercepted cell phone conversations during the investigation, said the suspects would use code words or speak in Haitian Creole to avoid the detection of law enforcement.

The three suspects were among 42 co-conspirators ranging in ages from 25 to 48 named in the indictment, which so far 36 have pleaded guilty in the case.

According to CBS News in New York, Omar Urbina was handed a 14-year prison term on Friday. Edwin and Edward Urbina each received 10-year sentences.

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