A Passaic County woman today admitted participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney Honig, Nysifah Deaveareaux, 28, of Paterson, pleaded guilty to an information charging her with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin and distribution of 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From May 2020 through August 13, 2020, Deaveareaux conspired to distribute heroin and fentanyl.
On June 11, 2020, Deaveareaux transported approximately 12,500 glassines of heroin and fentanyl from New Jersey to Vermont, where she distributed them to another person.
Each count carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison, and a fine of at least $5 million. Sentencing is scheduled for March 16, 2022.
This investigation was conducted as part of the Paterson Violent Crime Initiative (VCI).
The VCI was formed in 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Paterson.
As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate to strategize and prioritize the prosecution of violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community.