Paterson Man Admits Participating in Heroin Conspiracy

A Passaic County man today admitted conspiring to distribute heroin and to distribute a quantity of fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

According to officials, Cequan Wharton, 26, of Paterson, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and knowingly and intentionally distributing fentanyl.

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

Wharton and his conspirators are members and associates of the 230 Boys street gang, which operates primarily around Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue in Paterson.

Through numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, consensually recorded telephone calls and text messages, physical surveillance, and the analysis of telephone call detail records, law enforcement determined that from at least September 2018 through October 1, 2019, Wharton and his conspirators conspired to distribute narcotics, including heroin and fentanyl.

Each count of the information carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 4, 2021.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.