CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man was sentenced today to 115 months in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine in the City of Camden, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Waldemar Garcia, 36, of Camden, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin as well as quantities of crack cocaine. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Nineteen defendants were arrested in late 2018 on drug-trafficking charges based on the FBI’s investigation of a drug-trafficking organization that ran the open-air narcotics trade on the 400-500 block of Pine Street in Camden for several months in 2018. The organization included street-level sellers like Garcia who worked various shifts selling drugs to customers and collecting drug proceeds.
Seventeen defendants have now pleaded guilty before Judge Bumb to drug conspiracy charges. Two defendants are awaiting trial; the charges and allegations against them are merely accusations, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Garcia to five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Camden County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay; the Camden County Sherriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the Cherry Hill Police Department, under the direction of Chief Robert Kempf; and the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. She also thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security for their assistance.
This case is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara Aliabadi and Patrick C. Askin of the U. S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.