40 face drug charges in Camden County, N.J.

Authorities say a Camden County police officer is among 40 people charged in connection with a drug trafficking network.

Authorities say the police department alerted prosecutors that Officer Ashley Bailey’s husband was a member of the network.

Authorities say Bailey accessed confidential information and alerted targets of the investigation. The 28-year-old is charged with official misconduct, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and making terroristic threats.

Bailey’s husband’s brother is among three people suspected of leading the network, which operated in Camden and the surrounding suburbs.

Investigators believe the operation engaged in drug sales valued at approximately $1.2 million annually.

Authorities have seized 8,000 bags of heroin, 1,000 bags of crack cocaine, 10 pounds of marijuana, and four firearms, including an automatic rifle.

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