– Attorney General Paula T. Dow and
Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor
announced that the Division of Criminal Justice
today obtained an indictment charging six
alleged members of a cocaine distribution
network in South Jersey, including a Collingswood
man who allegedly headed the ring and sold
two guns to an undercover detective.
charges stem from Operation White Cloud,
a cooperative investigation conducted by
the FBI/South Jersey Violent Offenders Gang
Task Force, New Jersey State Police, Division
of Criminal Justice, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Voorhees
Township Police, Haddon Township Police,
Camden County Prosecutor’s Office,
Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office,
Maple Shade Police Department and Collingswood
Police Department. It focused on the alleged
cocaine distribution ring of Nicholas C.
Stens, 25, of Collingswood.
to Director Taylor, the Division of Criminal
Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau
obtained an 11-count state grand jury indictment
charging Stens and the following five defendants
with second-degree conspiracy to distribute
faces numerous other charges in the indictment,
including gun offenses and first-degree
drug offenses. It is alleged that in January
2011, Stens sold a .40-caliber semi-automatic
handgun and ammunition for $800 to an undercover
Voorhees Township police officer. Later,
the same officer allegedly purchased distribution
quantities of cocaine and a 12-guage shotgun
from Stens. A total of 22 ounces of cocaine
valued at over $20,000, $15,000 in cash
and a vehicle were seized during the course
of the investigation.
have indicted the alleged head of this drug
ring on charges that he not only sold large
quantities of cocaine in South Jersey, but
also illegally sold guns,” said Attorney
General Dow. “He faces first-degree
narcotics charges, as well as serious weapons
is a good example of a coordinated, multi-agency
investigation that targeted drug and gun
trafficking,” said Director Taylor.
“We will continue to partner with
law enforcement agencies at all levels to
combat these twin threats to the public.”
Attorney General Julia S. Glass presented
the case to the state grand jury for the
Division of Criminal Justice Gangs &
Organized Crime Bureau. The lead detective
for Operation White Cloud was Detective
Keith Moyer of the New Jersey State Police
Street Gangs South Unit. He is a member
of the FBI/South Jersey Violent Offenders
Gang Task Force.
addition to the second-degree conspiracy
charge, the indictment charges Stens with
two counts of distribution of cocaine (1st
degree), possession of cocaine with intent
to distribute (1st degree), two counts of
distribution of cocaine within 500 feet
of a public park (2nd degree), unlawful
possession of a handgun (2nd degree), unlawful
possession of a shotgun (3rd degree), and
two counts of unlawful disposition of a
firearm (4th degree).
indictment also charges Hackney with possession
of cocaine (3rd degree).
First-degree crimes carry a maximum sentence
of 20 years in state prison and a $200,000
fine; second-degree crimes carry a maximum
sentence of 10 years in prison and a $150,000
fine; third-degree crimes carry a maximum
sentence of five years in prison and a $15,000
fine; and fourth-degree crimes carry a maximum
sentence of 18 months in prison and a $10,000
second-degree count of unlawful possession
of a handgun carries a mandatory period
of parole ineligibility of three to five
years in prison. The third- and fourth-degree
gun charges also carry mandatory periods
of parole ineligibility, three years for
the third-degree count and 18 months for
the fourth-degree counts.
defendants were arrested in early April
2011, when participating agencies executed
search and arrest warrants at various locations
in South Jersey.
indictment is merely an accusation and the
defendants are presumed innocent until proven
guilty. The indictment is posted with this
press release at www.njpublicsafety.com.
indictment was handed up to Superior Court
Judge Linda R. Feinberg in Mercer County,
who assigned the case to Camden County.