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Mexican National Admits Trafficking Fentanyl into New Jersey

New Jersey

A Mexican national today admitted transporting approximately two kilograms of fentanyl into New Jersey for distribution, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Federal officials said Mr. Adrian Vargas Arroyo, 31, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an indictment charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl.

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

In October 2019, Vargas Arroyo drove a tractor-trailer into New Jersey with a bag containing four half-kilogram packages of fentanyl, weighing a total of approximately two kilograms.

Vargas Arroyo arranged to distribute the narcotics at a location in Middlesex County, where he was arrested.

The distribution and possession with intent to distribute charge to which Vargas Arroyo pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2021.