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Camden County Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Trafficking

Camden County Gloucester City

Federal officials announced a Camden County man admitted to buying and reselling 80-milligram oxycodone pills as part of his role in drug trafficking operations based in Gloucester City and Camden.

Officials say Mr. Wayne Muse, 73, of Lindenwold, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone and one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a quantity of oxycodone.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Muse and others, including Rocco DePoder and Erick Bell, allegedly agreed to distribute oxycodone in South Jersey between January and March.

On February 13 and 14, Muse communicated with DePoder – in communications that were intercepted during a wiretap investigation led by the FBI – and arranged to sell DePoder 60 80 mg. oxycodone pills, which Muse planned to purchase from an individual identified as “Seller-1.”

On February 14, DePoder paid Muse $600, and Muse used $300 of that money to buy the 60 oxycodone pills from Seller-1.

Muse then provided the 60 oxycodone pills to DePoder, keeping the remaining $300. Between January and March, Muse also sold oxycodone pills to Bell.

Each count of the information carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a maximum fine of $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for November 2.

Others, including DePoder and Bell, were charged in criminal complaints in March 2020. Their cases are pending, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.