'Operation Snowball' in NJ busts cocaine ring

Friday, December 15, 2017 11:10PM
Hugo Hernandez, 48, of Freehold, is the alleged ringleader of the operation and faces multiple drug charges. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Gregorio Morales-Morales, 35, of Manalapan, is charged with one count of third degree Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
John A. Depaola, 53, of Jackson, is charged with one count of third degree Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Lucino Roldan-Coria a.k.a Rufino Roldan, 58, of Freehold, is an alleged lower level dealer who faces multiple charges. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Procopio Morales-Hernandez, 49, of Freehold, is charged with one count each of second degree Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine; and third degree Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Miguel Garcia-Tapia, 30, of Freehold, faces multiple drug charges. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Roberto Tlapa De La Era, 35, of Freehold, is charged with one count of third degree Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Antonio Romano-Jiminez, 29, of Freehold, faces multiple drug charges. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
Carlos Hernandez-Campos, 35, of New Brunswick, is the brother of alleged ringleader Hugo Hernandez and faces multiple drug charges. (Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)
FREEHOLD, New Jersey - Authorities in New Jersey say they've busted a cocaine-distribution ring based in Freehold.

Nine alleged drug dealers are now under arrest.

The 9-month investigation was dubbed "Operation Snowball."

Monmouth County prosecutors say the drug ring moved around one-third of a kilogram of cocaine each week.

They say alleged ringleader 48-year-old Hugo Hernandez supplied numerous lower-level dealers.

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