Blackwood Man Arrested as Part of Family Drug Ring

The Blackwood man distributed cocaine and other narcotics in a drug ring that included his son and daughter, authorities say.

A Blackwood man was arrested Wednesday along with his son and daughter as conspirators in a drug ring that distributed multi-kilogram quantities of Colombian cocaine, as well as other narcotics, according to authorities.

Police recovered more than $100,000 worth of drugs subsequent to the arrests.

Voorhees Police Capt. William Donnelly on Friday announced the arrests of Robert F. Helsene Sr., 64, of Orchard Avenue, Blackwood, Robert F. Helsene Jr., 40, of Sandra Road, Voorhees, and Lisa Helsene, 32, of Echelon Road, Voorhees, to conclude an investigation that began in September.

Authorities executed a search warrant at Helsene Sr.'s Orchard Avenue home on Wednesday.

Neighbors reported there was always a lot of traffic in and out of Helsene's Blackwood home, located at the corner of Orchard Avenue and High Street.

Investigators with the Voorhees Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor's Office and FBI led the investigation.

Helsene Jr. procured large quantities of Colombian cocaine, Donnelly said, while his father and sister assisted him by packaging, storing and delivering the drug.

Police executed search warrants at various locations used in the drug operation on Wednesday. As a result of those raids, police recovered roughly 2.25 kilograms of cocaine, 800 Oxycodone pills, 5 pounds of marijuana, more than an ounce of hallucinogenic mushrooms and two loaded handguns, Donnelly said.

In addition to the drugs and guns, police seized the following on Wednesday:

• Two residential properties (Voorhees and Blackwood);
• Approximately $35,000 in cash;
• Six vehicles, including various models of Hummer, Chevrolet, Dodge and Volvo, valued at a total of more than $150,000;
• Numerous electronic items, including sophisticated surveillance equipment.

Gloucester Township Police participated in the execution of the search warrant at Helsene Sr.'s home on Wednesday. New Jersey State Police and Camden County Sheriff's Department personnel also aided the investigation.

All three Helsenes have been charged with numerous drug offenses, including first-degree distribution of cocaine.

Helsene Jr., who led police on a foot chase near the Route 70 interchange off Route 295, was additionally charged with eluding, weapons offenses and aggravated assault on police. He was also charged with third-degree fortified premises for allegedly placing "booby" traps in drug distribution facilities.

Charged as the leader of a drug operation, Helsene Jr. is being held in Camden County Jail on $1.9 million bail.

Helsene Sr. and Lisa Helsene are also being held in Camden County Jail pending court appearances, Donnelly said. Helsene Sr.'s bail is $785,000 and Lisa Helsene's $325,000.

Phil M December 01, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Crazy to see something hit so close to home. I wonder how long they were doing this. Doesn't look like your typical drug dealer. ________________________________________ Find a Military Friendly College, www.bestmilitaryfriendlycolleges.com
Dennis A December 01, 2012 at 05:43 PM
What does your tyipcal drug dealer look like? You've been watching too much TV.
Susan Codespoti December 01, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Two houses from my house
Lou Capone December 02, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Susan...whatever happened to Mrs. Helsene?
Lou Capone December 02, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Thanks Antonette...that's exactly what I wanted to know and was hoping....
Schu December 02, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Just another day in GT.
Shawn wife December 04, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Dang lisa should hv stayed@usv we drugfree..
giahope December 05, 2012 at 04:53 AM
giahope December 05, 2012 at 04:56 AM
thanks for lettin me know ur two houses away be prepared fro harrasment papers in the mail
giahope December 05, 2012 at 04:56 AM
she good as was alaways good thanks for concern
giahope December 05, 2012 at 04:57 AM
lmao get a life
Ryan runn December 05, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Lmao!!gia hope thanks for harrassing the neighbors good job.they nevr let me borrow any sugar anyways..bastards
Ryan runn December 05, 2012 at 05:50 AM
shut up gia pet you on internet to jacking off at the mouth, you grow some balls and Bail your sister dad and brother out.
cece December 07, 2012 at 04:00 PM
im missing something here......Drug dealers arrested, and people are upset??? Thanks to all the law officers that put thier lives on line to protect us....job well done
jonsmith December 21, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Bout time those scumbags got arrested. Theyve been doin that shit for over 20 years... out of that same house. I guess u havta give them credit, pretty long run.
bob smith February 18, 2013 at 07:13 PM
yea they were doing theyre dam thing and if smart they have plenty of money set aside for the future, i know that this isnt the first time jr got hit for coke but hope he beats it. also it most likely wasnt the police who caught anyone, thank the punk snitches in gt, rats. they should die i hate snitches should do theyre own time
corey jackson April 04, 2013 at 12:45 PM
Mark Whalberg April 19, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Its not the same without ya Rob. Strange days and times
Jennifer Hoban Colindres August 13, 2013 at 09:04 PM
U would think that rob jr wouldve taken care of his first born son since he was making $$$ like that, but no he fought his $104 a month child support!!! Im glad they got busted n my nephew dnt know them scums


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