Leader of Atlantic County Drug Trafficking Ring, CoConspirator Pleads Guilty

CAMDEN, N.J. – Two members of an Atlantic City drug-trafficking organization, including the leader of the organization, pleaded guilty today to distributing large amounts of heroin throughout Atlantic City, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said.

Officials say Khalif Toombs, 30, of Egg Harbor Township, NJ, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

According to police Nasir Brown, 27, of Atlantic City also pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.

Eight other members of the drug trafficking conspiracy – Wilbert Toombs, Quadir Stanley, Dean Johnson, Khalif Davis, Joseph Aversa, Thomas Randall, Mayda Hernandez, and Sarah Taliaferro – previously have pleaded guilty.

The charges against twelve other defendants remain pending.

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

Toombs, Brown, and other members of the drug conspiracy trafficked heroin from Paterson, and into Atlantic City, New Jersey throughout the course of the investigation.

Toombs admitted in court to conspiring with others to traffic between three and ten kilograms of heroin during this time and to being a manager and supervisor of the drug trafficking conspiracy which operated throughout Atlantic County. An investigation led by the FBI used physical and video surveillance, confidential informants, consensual recordings, and two court authorized wiretaps to uncover the operations of Toombs and his many coconspirators.

The investigation tracked multiple stamps of heroin being distributed by Toombs and others, including, “AK-47,” “Apple,” “Fortnite,” “Rolex,” “Frank Lucas,” “Bentley,” “Pandora,” and “9 ½.”

Between January 1, 2017 and June 21, 2019, these stamps have accounted for 48 deaths and 84 non-fatal overdoses in the State of New Jersey.

The count to which Toombs pleaded guilty carries a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of a life in prison, and up to a $10 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for May 12, 2020.

The count to which Brown pleaded guilty carries a mandatory penalty of 5 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and up to a $5 million fine. His sentencing is scheduled for May 12, 2020.