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Camden County Woman Sentenced to 13 Years for Possession with the Intent to Distribute PCP

Cherry Hill

Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that a Camden County woman was sentenced to prison today in connection with her trial conviction for possessing and intending to distribute approximately 840 grams of the dangerous hallucinogen PCP. 

The New Jersey State Police seized the drugs, equal to more than 80,000 individual doses, at the home of a co-defendant in Camden in July 2013.

According to Acting Attorney General Platkin, Dalia Figueroa, 38, of Cherry Hill, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison on Thursday.  

Figueroa was found guilty at a retrial on October 4, 2019, by a Camden County jury of possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, possession of PCP with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park and possession of PCP with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.

“PCP is a hallucinogen that can cause violent or self-destructive behavior,” Acting Attorney General Platkin said. 

“This prosecution sends the message that we will not tolerate those who are willing to profit by selling drugs that destroy lives.”

During the investigation, detectives of the New Jersey State Police Crime Suppression South Unit developed information about a suspected shipment of drugs being sent from California to a residence on South 8th Street in Camden.  

The State Police conducted surveillance at the address on July 3, 2013, when UPS delivered the package. Detectives immediately questioned the resident who accepted the package, Tracy Murphy, 55, of Camden. 

With her consent, they opened the package and found approximately 840 grams of PCP. The investigation revealed that Murphy agreed to permit Figueroa to have the drugs shipped to her home. 

According to Acting Attorney General Platkin, Figueroa was arrested a short time later when she came to the house and picked up the package, which had been resealed. Detectives found an additional 9 grams of PCP in Figueroa’s car.

Murphy pleaded guilty previously to possession of PCP with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school and was sentenced to probation.