FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2011
NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, N.Y., man admitted today that he worked with other persons to arrange for the importation of 960 grams of cocaine from the Dominican Republic into the United States via Newark Liberty International Airport and other regional airports, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Arturo Marin, 25, pleaded guilty to an Information charging him with conspiracy to import cocaine. Marin entered his guilty plea today before U.S. District Judge Katharine Hayden in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Marin admitted he agreed with others to import cocaine by arranging for couriers to transport the drug into the country via commercial aircraft. As part of the conspiracy, Marin arranged for himself and Johanny Ysles, 22, Kingsley Roderick Mattis, 32, Christopher Johnson, 25, all of New York, to each travel to the Dominican Republic and attempt to return to the United States with ingested cocaine capsules between Aug. 24, 2010, and Oct. 25, 2010. Special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested these individuals at the airport as they attempted to re-enter the United States.
The charge to which Marin pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman praised special agents of HSI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Andrew M. McLees in Newark; officers of Customs and Border Protection, under the leadership of Director of New York Field Operations Robert E. Perez, and officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Michael A. Fedorko, for their work in the investigation of this case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Cook of the
U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.
Defense counsel: Josh Reinitz Esq., Anthony Iacullo Esq., Nutley, N.J.