NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Nearly two dozen people were indicted following the disruption of what law enforcement officials in New Jersey have said was a high-volume heroin distribution network.

Derek Fuqua, of Piscataway, N.J., has been charged with several counts, including leading a narcotics trafficking network, New Jersey’s attorney general said Thursday.

The 36-year-old is accused of using friends and relatives to distribute heroin throughout Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth and Hudson counties.

Dozens of law enforcement agencies participated in the April 2013 raid that resulted in the seizure of more than $250,000 in drugs, about $150,000 in cash, six guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Twenty other people face charges of conspiracy and money laundering for allegedly assisting Fuqua in the drug ring.

Fuqua could face life in prison if he is convicted in the case.

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