PHOTOS: NJ drug ring case leads to arrests, awards

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (WPVI) -- The Ocean County Prosecutor said one of its detectives was awarded for his role in two major drug busts.

The detective managed "Operation Broken Rule" and "Operation Sin City," which included state, county and local law enforcement.

That detective couldn't be named due to his operational duties, the prosecutor's office said.

He was honored by the NJ Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association as their 2016 Central Narcotics Officer of the Year. He was also honored by the Southern Counties Narcotics Task Force Commanders Association as their Albert Mallen Ocean County Narcotics Officer of the Year.

In addition, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Special Operations Group was recognized by the NJ Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association for their role in the busts.

The arrests were announced in April, 2015 and resulted in charges for more than 30 people.

News of the awards comes about one week after Ocean County announced the arrests of more than two dozen people following a sweep of alleged drug dealers.

The two drug networks, dubbed "Operation Sin City" and "Operation Broken Rule" were responsible for bringing more than a kilogram of heroin into Ocean County every week, prosecutor Joseph Coronato said.

Each kilogram is equal to 50,000 doses.

The drug network was operating not only in Ocean County, but in Union, Monmouth and Atlantic counties along with Philadelphia.

Jonathan Gonzales, 32, (a.k.a. "Sin") with addresses in Pleasantville and Toms River, is accused of being the ringleader in the "Sin City" case.

Meanwhile, Betrick Artis, 45, (a.k.a "King Rule") of Lakewood and his son, Ashzon, 25, are accused of being the ringleaders of the "Broken Rule" case.

In all, investigators say they seized 31,000 individual doses of heroin, 25 grams of raw heroin, $140,000 in cash, 14 cars - including one equipped to hide drugs - and six guns.
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