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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eleven People Charged in Takedown of Drug Trafficking Organization

CAMDEN, N.J. – Federal, state and local law enforcement authorities arrested eight people this morning in connection with a ring that allegedly trafficked heroin, powder cocaine and crack cocaine in the Atlantic City area, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

In pre-dawn raids, agents and officers of the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, N.J. State Police and Atlantic City Police Department arrested eight people, seven of whom were charged by indictment with drug trafficking conspiracy; one of those defendants, Toye Tutis, is also charged with one count of money laundering along with Jazmin S. Vega, who is charged only with a single count of money laundering.

A ninth defendant is already in custody on other charges in Pennsylvania and two more defendants are being sought in California.

The defendants arrested in New Jersey today are scheduled to make their initial court appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ann Marie Donio in Camden federal court.

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

The defendants are allegedly members of a drug trafficking organization that dealt in large quantities of heroin, powder cocaine, and crack cocaine in and around Atlantic City. All but one of the defendants (see chart below) are charged with a single count of conspiracy to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, and more than one kilogram of heroin.

The conspiracy count carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. The count of money laundering carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Newark Division, Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Aaron T. Ford; the DEA’s Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski; the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor James P. McClain; and the Atlantic City Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Henry Wright, with the investigation leading to today’s arrests.

He also thanked the N.J. State Police; the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)-Homeland Security Investigation (HSI); U.S. Postal Inspection Service; Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Ventnor, Northfield and Millville police departments for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana V. Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

DEFENDANTS

Name

Age

Residence

42

Pleasantville, New Jersey

Kareem A. Taylor

39

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Ivan Joel Cuellar-Naranjo*

28

Los Angeles, California

Francisco Alberto Rascon-Muracami

21

Lancaster County Prison, Pennsylvania

Phillip C. Horton*

49

Inglewood, California

Tozine N. Tiller

40

Absecon, New Jersey

Talib N. Tiller

32

Pleasantville

Kabaka Atiba

43

Atlantic City

Ronald D. Byrd

49

Pleasantville

John Wellman

39

Atlantic City

Jazmin S. Vega

40

Pleasantville

*Not in custody

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Tutis, Toye et al., Indictment

Component(s): 
Press Release Number: 
Toye A. Tutis
Updated August 20, 2015