‘Operation White Silk’ nabs Dominicans in New Jersey ring
New York.- A drug gang formed by whites, blacks, Latinos including Dominicans, and two women, were indicted in New Jersey, whose State Attorney General’s Office say their specialty was the trafficking of oxycodone in various towns.
Investigators said the ring was headed by Aurelio Gutierrez, 61, who together with nine members were also arrested, including Dominicans Marcos Moya, 34, and Daniel White 48, a resident of the Bronx.
The other suspects are Shakera Brown (54), Dwight Nero (59), Jason Wagoner (36), John Mosley (50) Larry Garrett (51), Carmen Shannon,46, and David Licatta, 35.
Prosecutors say the 10 were arrested Friday as part of ‘Operation White Silk’ for allegedly selling heroin to street pushers in Passaic County.
Investigators said the ring distributed over 1,000 of the addictive painkiller oxycodone pills every week. The arrests came after a Mercer County grand jury indicted the suspects.
The group distributed the drug throughout the Northern New Jersey and used people known as umbrella brokers who obtained prescription drugs, including purchases by low-income patients, and filled out their own forged prescriptions.
If found guilty, Gutiérrez and the others face as much as 20 years in prison.