Operation Cold Cuts results in the arrest of 14 for drug trafficking, including NJ butcher shop operators

Fourteen people, including two butcher shop operators in New Jersey, were arrested for drug trafficking and weapons possession. A 29-year-old Latino ran the ring, prosecutors say.

Fourteen people, including two butcher shop operators in New Jersey, were arrested for drug trafficking, weapons possession, and other charges in an undercover sting that officials dubbed “Operation Cold Cuts.”

Prosecutors allege that Brett Carrero, 29, was the operation’s leader. He and Roy Lucas, who operate the “G & M Market” in Sewell (NJ), were charged with drug trafficking and conspiracy to distribute cocaine, marijuana, mushrooms, and hashish after being arrested on March 8, ABC News reported.

Search warrants were executed at 30 different locations in Camden and Gloucester counties. Police seized $300,000, 14 firearms, 11 vehicles, a motorcycle, and “large amounts” of cocaine, marijuana, and cannabis rosin. In addition, money counters and financial documents.

Carerro is listed on the “G & M Market” portal as a nephew who joined the family business in 2008 before opening a new location in Washington Township (NJ). He was now charged with leading a narcotics trafficking ring; promoting organized street crime; possession and conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana; criminal computer activity; and possession of an imitation firearm, among other charges.

The facility was closed to the public yesterday, and management had not commented. All charges are merely accusations, and the individuals being prosecuted are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Last month a father and son were indicted and pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges in Port Jervis, NY.

Previously, in September, Hispanic Philadelphia resident Jose Gonzalez pleaded guilty to selling massive amounts of cocaine mailed from Puerto Rico to communities in his hometown and southern New Jersey.