New Jersey Drug Bust

Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office

Mother, Son Among 32 Charged In Heroin Distribution Ring

April 15, 2019 - 4:58 pm

JACKSON, N.J. (WCBS 880/AP) -- Authorities say they've broken up a heroin distribution ring that sold as much as $400,000 worth of drugs a month.
Monmouth County prosecutors say nine people -- including the alleged ringleader and his mother -- are accused of playing roles in the ring that they say operated in the county's Bayshore area. Another 23 people are charged with buying drugs from the ring.
The charges announced Monday culminated a 16-month investigation dubbed “Operation Finished Business."

“This investigation deals a critical blow to a narcotics trafficking network that has plagued the towns and neighborhoods in the Bayshore region for a long time," said Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. "Thanks to the excellent work by this team of investigators, the flow of these deadly drugs into our community has been significantly disrupted."
Authorities seized 3,200 bags of heroin and about $12,000 cash when they executed search warrants in Monmouth, Ocean and Essex counties. Authorities say the ring moved about 20,000 bags of heroin a month.
Anthony Distaulo, a 33-year-old Jackson resident, is accused of leading the ring. His mother, 52-year-old Mechelle Distaulo of Brick, is also charged but remains at large.