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Prosecutors: NJ Man Headed Drug Dealing Network



Bail has been set at $1.25 million for a New Jersey man accused of leading a Monmouth County-based heroin trafficking network.

County Prosecutor Luis Valentin said Wednesday that Detric Rawls of Matawan was among more than 20 people arrested this week in a takedown of the ring.

Authorities raided Rawls’ apartment Monday, culminating a five-month investigation.

Valentin said 63 bricks of heroin, more than $28,000 in cash and a semiautomatic handgun were found in the apartment. An additional $258,000 in cash was found during a subsequent search of a storage unit Rawls leased in Marlboro.

He is being held at the Monmouth County Jail. Jail records did not specify if he had retained an attorney.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.