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Bronx Man Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Steven Justo, 33, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

In August 2019, Justo conspired with others to distribute cocaine in New Jersey. Justo and a conspirator travelled from the Bronx into Bergen County, New Jersey, to deliver approximately two kilograms of cocaine before being identified and arrested by agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Justo to four years of supervised release.  

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Updated October 22, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-376