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Atlantic County Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Heroin Trafficking, Weapon Possession, Witness Tampering

Atlantic County

An Atlantic County man was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for heroin trafficking, firearms and witness tampering charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Sean Figaro, aka “Carlito,” aka “Carlito the don,” 35, was convicted in July 2019 of distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of his heroin distribution, witness tampering, conspiracy to commit witness tampering, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On January 10, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Atlantic City Child Exploitation Task Force executed a state search warrant on Figaro’s hotel room at the Econo Lodge on Pacific Avenue in Atlantic City, where Figaro had been staying off and on for at least a year. 

Officers recovered Figaro’s cell phone and a safe containing a Jennings .22 caliber pistol loaded with five rounds, including one in the chamber, 119 individually packaged bags of heroin and various items used for packaging drugs for distribution, including additional bags, a digital scale, razor blades and a straw.

Officers obtained a separate search warrant for Figaro’s phone, which contained additional evidence of Figaro’s drug trafficking and firearm possession, including text messages offering heroin for sale, and also describing how he earned his living: “my occupation is drug dealership;” and “I’m a dealer, not a pimp, not law, a street hustler.”

In order to dissuade a witness from testifying against him, Figaro sent and caused to be sent messages to a potential witness, including labeling the witness as a “rat” and a “snitch” on Facebook and later attempting to persuade the witness not to testify against him by feigning affection and promising to love and care for the witness.

In addition to the prison term, Figaro was sentenced to five years of supervised release.