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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Camden County Man Sentenced to 46 Months in Prison for Trafficking in Oxycodone Pills

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 46 months in prison for distributing and conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills, making him the ninth person sentenced for his role in a drug trafficking ring operating in and around Camden and Gloucester City, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Maurice Williams, 41, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to two counts of a five-count indictment that charged 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:

Williams previously 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. Williams was charged along with 17 others in March 2020 in connection with an investigation by the FBI into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including high dosage oxycodone pills, to customers in Gloucester City and Camden. Bell pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Bumb on June 28, 2022.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Williams to three years of supervised release. Williams also agreed to forfeiture of $16,800.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of 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 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 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 today’s sentencing. He also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara F. Merin of the Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
22-194
Updated May 24, 2022