15 charged in drug operation takedown in Camden

CAMDEN - (AP) - Officials in Camden say they've broken up a major drug-dealing operation in the struggling city.

Fifteen men were charged Wednesday with racketeering, thoughfive of them remained at large.

Officials say the organization oversaw drug sales at fiveoutdoor "sets" in the South Camden neighborhood that brought inmore than $10,000 per week selling crack, heroin, and PCP.

The announcement was a show of some law-enforcement muscle in acity that's among the nation's most dangerous, and where nearlyhalf the police force was laid off last month.

Some residents have worried that crime - particularlystreet-level drug sales - would increase as the number of policewent down.

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