State authorities say 42 people have been indicted for alleged roles in a violent drug distribution ring in southern New Jersey.
Acting state Attorney General John Hoffman says the ring had ties to Mexican drug cartels and was led by 40-year-old Omar Urbina Sr., of Philadelphia, and his brothers, 38-year-old Edwin and 35-year-old Edward, both of Camden.
Authorities say the three controlled open-air drug markets in Camden for several years, allegedly selling hundreds of thousands of dollars a month in heroin and cocaine. They also allegedly relied on violence to protect their turf from interlopers.
The Urbina brothers are charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network and could face life in prison if convicted. The charges were part of an indictment handed up Friday by a state grand jury.