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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bronx, New York, Man Admits Role In Conspiracy To Possess With Intent To Distribute 22 Kilograms Of Heroin In New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – A Bronx, New York, man today admitted to his role in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 22 kilograms of heroin in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Edwin Alamo Jr., 21, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan in Trenton federal court to information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin.

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

On Feb. 5, 2016, law enforcement observed a tractor-trailer, driven by Sauro D. Estevez Figueredo and Alberto Mora, parked at an intersection near a store in Clifton, New Jersey. That afternoon, Emmanuel Gonzalez and Alamo drove to the tractor-trailer and left with a suitcase given to them by Mora. Later, Porfirio Peralta-Nunez arrived at the tractor-trailer with two empty bags and left shortly afterwards with the bags filled.

Subsequent traffic stops allegedly revealed 22 kilograms of heroin in Gonzalez and Alamo’s possession. Additional quantities of narcotics were allegedly found in Peralta-Nunez’s possession. Law enforcement also found 10 kilograms of cocaine and 10 kilograms of fentanyl remaining at the tractor-trailer. 

Alamo admitted that he went to Clifton to pick up narcotics from a tractor-trailer and that he obtained a suitcase containing approximately 22 kilograms of heroin.

The count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2017.

Co-defendants Mora and Gonzalez have pleaded guilty. Charges and allegations pending against the remaining defendants are merely accusations, and they are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Williams of the Narcotics/OCDETF unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.

Defense counsel: Chester Keller Esq., First Assistant Federal Public Defender

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
16-295
Updated October 19, 2016