Federal authorities say eight people have been charged for their roles in a heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine distribution group that sold large amounts of drugs in Newark.

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Zacqual Lancaster, Maurice Lee, Felix Lesperance, Rodger Busby, Marcellus Allen, Jack Jean-Baptiste, Trevon Smith, and Natequah Polk, all of Newark, are each charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 40 grams or more of fentanyl, and 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.

An investigation began this past January when law enforcement conducted surveillance of an open-air drug market in the area of Columbia and South Orange Avenues.

Columbia and South Orange Avenues in Newark NJ - Photo: Google Maps
Columbia and South Orange Avenues in Newark NJ - Photo: Google Maps

Numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, and analyzed telephone records, all of which demonstrated the extensive interactions between and among the conspirators.

Seven of the eight are in custody while Lancaster remains at large, according to U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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