'Operation Snowball' in NJ busts cocaine ring

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (WABC) -- 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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