Miami man convicted for role in conspiracy to distribute multiple kilograms of cocaine in new jersey
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – A federal jury convicted Barrington Delisser, 44, of Miami, today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Hudson County, N.J., and elsewhere, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
The jury returned a guilty verdict following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh in Newark federal court. Delisser was convicted of both counts of the two-count superseding Indictment: conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine; and the substantive charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:
Delisser and two co-conspirators traveled to Harrison, N.J., on September 1, 2009. Once in New Jersey, the men had a pre-arranged meeting with an individual who provided them with 10 kilograms of cocaine, at a wholesale value of approximately $300,000. The three men returned to their hotel room in Harrison where they cut, repackaged and distributed the cocaine over the course of several days. They were arrested by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) on September 11, 2009.
Agents discovered nearly a kilogram of cocaine and $2,000 in cash in the vehicle in which the men were traveling, as well as numerous incriminating items in the hotel room where the men were staying in New Jersey, including: air freshener devices used to conceal the smell of the cocaine, counterfeit detection pens used to check the currency received in exchange for the cocaine, and a manual for an electronic scale the men used to weigh the cocaine.
The counts on which Delisser was convicted each carry a statutory minimum sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Delisser will be sentenced on a date to be determined.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of HSI’s Seaport Investigations Group, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Peter T. Edge, for the investigation leading to the convictions. He also thanked the Harrison Police Department for its vital role.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Adam N. Subervi and Sharon Ashe of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Richard Verde, Esq.,West Caldwell, N.J.