FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2013
Was Free on Bail Pending State Murder Charges at the Time
CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, N.J. man today admitted attempting to purchase 13 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in and through New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Jamal Herrin, 40, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an Information charging him with one count of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
The investigation into Herrin began in April 2012, when the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration learned that Herrin – who was on bail pending state murder charges – was interested in purchasing large quantities of cocaine. Herrin admitted that he negotiated the purchase of 13 kilograms of cocaine and amassed more than $325,000 to purchase the cocaine.
Herrin faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 15, 2013.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Camden Resident Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert G. Koval in Newark; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office; the Rowan University Police Department; the Winslow Township Police Department; the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office; and local law enforcement agencies in support of the Camden division of the Philadelphia-Camden High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alyson M. Oswald of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.
Defense counsel: Brian J. McMonagle Esq., Philadelphia