CAMDEN, N.J. --Three brothers have pleaded guilty to first-degree racketeering charges for running a multi-million dollar cocaine and heroin ring operating in Camden, New Jersey.
Omar Urbina Sr., 42, of Philadelphia, Pa., Edwin Urbina, 39, of Camden, and Edward Urbina, 36, of Camden, entered the guilty pleas on Friday.
Acting New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy said that under their plea agreements, the state will recommend that Omar be sentenced to 14 years in state prison, including nearly 12 years of parole ineligibility, and that each of his two brothers be sentenced to 10 years in state prison, including 8 years of parole ineligibility.
The ring was broken up during Operation North Pole in November, 2013. Dozens of people were arrested in that operation.
"Operation North Pole dismantled this violent narcotics syndicate from top to bottom, ending their corrosive stranglehold on the North Camden neighborhoods where they operated," said Lougy in a statement.
"With these guilty pleas, we have ensured that the leaders of this ring will be behind bars for many years and will not be able to re-establish their violent dynasty."
The three brothers were charged in a Sept. 12, 2014 indictment stemming from "Operation North Pole," Lougy said.
The three men were accused of controlling open-air drug markets at and around the intersections of 4th and York Streets and 3rd and Erie Streets in North Camden, selling hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in heroin and cocaine.
The Urbinas and their associates controlled those drug markets for 20 years, relying on violence to protect their turf, Lougy said.