Prosecutors: Mexican citizen charged with conspiring to distribute heroin at New Jersey mall

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Federal prosecutors say a man traveled from Massachusetts to Jersey Gardens Mall in Elizabeth with five kilograms of heroin as part of a drug-trafficking organization operating in Mexico.

Jose Lemus, 50, of Boston, was charged with conspiring to distribute and possessing with intent to distribute heroin.

According to authorities, Lemus, who is a Mexican citizen, arrived at the mall Friday to meet with a confidential source and an undercover officer in the parking lot.

Authorities say after assuring the source, Lemus returned with a duffel bag containing five kilograms of China White heroin.

The drug-trafficking organization is believed to traffic drugs in the New Jersey and New York area.

It's not known if Lemus has a lawyer.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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