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passaic county, n.J., man convicted of conspiring to distribute black market prescription painkillers and mDMA

December 11, 2012


NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, N.J., man was convicted today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute the prescription painkiller Oxycodone and MDMA, an illegal drug commonly known as “ecstasy,” U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Bahadir Yahsi, 30, of Paterson, was found guilty by a jury following a six-day trial before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court. Yahsi was convicted on all five counts charged against him in the Second Superseding Indictment: One count of conspiring to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute quantities of Oxycodone and ecstasy; one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute Oxycodone, and three counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute ecstasy.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

From June 2010 and through October 2010, Yahsi conspired with Ersin Eroglu, a fellow Paterson resident, and others to illegally traffic black market Oxycodone pills and large quantities of ecstasy. On Sept. 30, 2010, Yahsi set up and carried out an illegal drug transaction with Eroglu, during which Yahsi and Eroglu dealt 96 80-milligram black market Oxycodone pills in Paterson, near the border with Clifton, N.J. After the illegal drug deal, which Yahsi and Eroglu intended to be a 100-pill transaction, Yahsi ensured that Eroglu distributed the remaining four 80-milligram Oxycodone pills in October 2010, at a subsequent black market Oxycodone deal carried out by Eroglu. Also, in August 2010, Yahsi dealt ecstasy pills on three separate occasions, in Paterson.

On each of the five counts Yahsi faces a potential maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentencing before Judge Linares is currently scheduled for April 1, 2013.

Eroglu has pleaded guilty to distribution charges and is awaiting sentencing before Judge Linares.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, for the investigation leading to today’s guilty verdict.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shirley U. Emehelu and Mark J. McCarren of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.


Defense counsel:
Catherine M. Brown Esq., Morristown, N.J.
Paulette Pitt Esq., Woodbridge, N.J.

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