CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 27 months in prison for conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills in connection with his role in a drug trafficking ring, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Anwar Abdulah, 33, of Pennsauken, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and distributing and possessing with intent to distribute quantities of oxycodone. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Abdullah admitted that on multiple occasions from January 2020 to March 10, 2020, he obtained oxycodone from Erick Bell in and around Camden and resold that oxycodone. For example, Abdullah admitted that, on Feb. 21, 2020, he provided $1,440 to Bell so that Bell could purchase 120 15 mg oxycodone pills from another individual. Bell then provided Abdullah with the oxycodone pills that Bell bought using Abdullah’s money, and Abdullah resold the pills to others. Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance, meaning that it has a high potential for abuse, a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions, and abuse of the drug may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Abdullah to three years of supervised release.
Bell previously pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 4, 2022.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the direction of Acting Director Laurie R. Doran; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the investigation leading to the charges. She also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara F. Merin of the Newark Office.