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Feds charge inmate of running heroin distribution ring from prison

September 19, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds charge inmate of running heroin distribution ring from prison

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A man from Asbury Park, New Jersey, who is facing accusations of operating a heroin distribution ring in Monmouth and Ocean counties while serving time behind bars, was indicted on federal drug charges last Thursday.

The 44-year-old suspect, Robert “True” Britt, faces a count of conspiracy to distribute heroin, according to U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Britt is currently serving seven years in state prison for drug charges and has remained behind bars since March 2013.

In March 2014, Britt was identified as the kingpin of the heroin distribution ring when federal authorities arrested 21 people, NJ.com reported.

Prosecutors said as he prepared to begin serving his sentence in 2013, Britt appointed 43-year-old Rufus Young of Asbury Park to manage the day-to-day operations of the drug ring. Young pleaded guilty and was ordered to serve 15 years behind bars.

Despite their run in with the law, officials said intercepted phone conversations shows Britt proceeded to collaborate with Young, both of whom managed to operate the heroin ring from prison using smuggled contraband cell phones, authorities reported.

“During those conversations, Britt instructed Young on how to operate their drug business, including methods for developing new heroin customers, avoiding detection by law enforcement, and identifying new suppliers,” said Fishman.

The 19 others individuals implicated in the drug bust have already been convicted. One of the suspects, 37-year-old Thomas Shannon of Jersey City, was named as Britt and Young’s primary supplier. He was found guilty by a jury in May and faces up to life in prison.

Court records show Britt was previously sentenced in 2007 to 12 years behind bars for drug distribution. He ultimately served 3 1/2 years before he was released.

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