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Feds Charge 18th in NJ Drug Trafficking Ring

New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – Eighteen people have been charged for their alleged roles in a drug trafficking organization that distributed fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Federal officials said in a statement, eleven defendants were arrested today and are expected to appear June 19, 2020, by videoconference before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen M. Williams: Angel Rodriguez, 30; Manuel Bonilla, 35; Anderlis Martinez-Espinal, 19; Miguel Rodriguez, 27, Julio Medina, 29; Janet Lorenzo, 47; Normali Santiago, 36; Ray Santos, 35, all of Camden; Franklin Lorenzo-Gonzalez, 25, of Pennsauken, New Jersey; Bernardo Carambot, 36, and Alberto Perez, 26, both of Philadelphia.

According o federal officials, Juan Cabrera, 30; Jabriel Rosa, 38; Hector Lopez, 31; Brian Smith, 33; Hector Mendez, 36; Pedro Yera, 25; Christian Rosario, 25; all of Camden, remain at large.

Each defendant is charged by complaint with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine.

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

From at least 2018, the defendants have all allegedly been members of a drug trafficking organization that dealt fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine in 300-400 blocks of Beckett Street, the 400 block of Royden Street, and the 600 block of Pine Street in Camden, where they distributed drugs to customers on foot and in vehicles.

The organization also supplied drugs to customers and other distributors elsewhere, including areas in Philadelphia, Paulsboro, New Jersey, and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

Angel Rodriguez, Manuel Bonilla, Juan Cabrera, and Franklin Lorenzo-Gonzalez are the alleged leaders and managers, who obtained bulk supplies of narcotics, prepared and packaged those narcotics for street level sales, provided fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine for resale to customers, collected drug proceeds, operated multiple stash locations, and oversaw the daily sales and operation of the organization.

Other members of the organization assisted in managing the sales on the street. High-level members of the drug trafficking organization laundered drug proceeds through bulk vehicle purchases and real estate.

The conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 30 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine.