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N.J. 'coke ring' painted as slick operation

The Jersey Journal

NEWARK, N.J. A cocaine distribution ring based in Jersey City was so sophisticated that its reputed members acted in roles not unlike those of executives at a legitimate business, a federal prosecutor told a jury yesterday.

There was someone serving as a chief executive officer, a manager of day-to-day operations, suppliers and distributors, as well as warehouses and records, Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Carletta said. The only difference between the network and a bona fide company was that the network sold illicit drugs, he said.

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