An Essex County man and a Hudson County man admitted possessing with intent to distribute over a kilogram of fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Coco Latre, 32, of Belleville, pleaded guilty today to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of fentanyl.
Bryant Agurto, 33, of Hoboken, pleaded guilty on November 10 to an information that charged him with possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of fentanyl.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On March 5, Agurto traveled from Hoboken to Latre’s residence in Belleville to retrieve fentanyl that had been packaged by Latre.
After Agurto left Latre’s residence, law enforcement officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of Agurto’s car and found the package of fentanyl.
Shortly after that, law enforcement officers searched Latre’s residence and recovered more fentanyl, seizing a total of 1.6 kilograms of fentanyl from the car and residence.
The offense to which Agurto and Latre pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a fine of $10 million.
Sentencing for Latre is scheduled for April 12, 2022. Sentencing for Agurto is scheduled for March 23, 2022.