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Two Men Admit Roles in Burlington County Drug Trafficking Organization


Two members of an extensive drug-trafficking organization, including the leader of the organization, today admitted distributing large amounts of cocaine and crack cocaine throughout Burlington County, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said.

According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Herbert Mays, 65, of Willingboro, pleaded guilty to a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger stated that Julius Thigpen, 60, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, another member of the same organization, pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

Additionally, U.S. Attorney Sellinger said that ten other members of the drug trafficking conspiracy – Andre Perkins, Brandon Watts, Craig Moore, John Petrovich, Mecca Grant, Nathaniel McCoy, Ronnie Dawson, Samantha Bolhert, Teron Huggins, and Tracy Williams – previously pleaded guilty. The charges against eight other defendants remain pending.

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

Between July 2019 and September 2019, the defendants and others engaged in a narcotics conspiracy that operated primarily in municipalities throughout Burlington County – including Willingboro, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Bordentown Township, and Edgewater Park – and which sought to profit from the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine. 

Law enforcement officials learned that defendants obtained regular supplies of cocaine from co-conspirators in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere and then redistributed that cocaine, portions of which defendants converted into crack cocaine, for-profit, to other conspirators, distributors, sub-dealers, and end-users throughout Burlington County and elsewhere. 

Law enforcement officials intercepted numerous communications by and between the conspirators regarding such issues as cocaine and crack cocaine quality and availability, pricing, packaging, quantity, and customer satisfaction.