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Downtown Newark Heroin And Oxycodone Dealer Pleads Guilty To Drug Distribution Conspiracy, Firearms Offense

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man today admitted distributing large quantities of heroin and oxycodone in and around downtown Newark, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today.

Lamont Vaughn a/k/a “Mont,” a/k/a “True V,” 33, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to Count One and Count Fourteen of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and oxycodone and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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

Between August 2012 and August 7, 2013, Vaughn conspired with others to distribute large quantities of heroin and oxycodone out of a downtown Newark clothing store called Ballas Boutique. Over the course of the conspiracy, Vaughn and others sold drugs out of Ballas Boutique to a confidential source more than 35 times. The majority of the sales were audio and video recorded.

Additionally, law enforcement intercepted conversations of Vaughn and his conspirators pursuant to court orders. The intercepted conversations revealed that Vaughn had multiple employees who sold drugs for him at Ballas Boutique. The intercepted conversations further revealed that Vaughn had multiple, established sources of supply for heroin and oxycodone.

On Aug. 7, 2013, law enforcement officers executed arrest and search warrants at Ballas Boutique and at Vaughn’s home in Newark. Among the items recovered from Vaughn’s bedroom were dozens of oxycodone pills, two firearms, and a large amount of cash.

Under the terms of today’s plea agreement – which has been accepted by the court – Vaughn will be sentenced to 65 months in prison and up to five years of supervised release. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct 5, 2016.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, as well as the N.J. State Police Street Gangs North Unit with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Ann Mahoney and Francisco J. Navarro of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense counsel: Lamont Vaughn, Pro Se

Updated September 2, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Prescription Drugs
Press Release Number: 16-181