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California Man Admits Possessing With Intent To Distribute Approximately One Kilogram Of Fentanyl

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A San Bernardino County, California, man today admitted to possessing with intent to distribute approximately one kilogram of fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Jesus Candido Higuera-Parra, 26, of Ontario, California, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl.

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

On March 24, 2021, Higuera-Parra agreed with others to transport approximately one kilogram of fentanyl to a location in Union County, New Jersey. When Higuera-Parra arrived to meet the purchaser, he was arrested, and the fentanyl was recovered from the vehicle that he occupied.

The offense to which Higuera-Parra pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a fine of $10 million. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2022.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the 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 Ray A. Mateo of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Jason F. Orlando Esq., Jersey City, New Jersey

Updated November 10, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 21-514