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Four Colombian Nationals Charged with Interstate Transportation of Stolen Goods Conspiracy

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

NEWARK, N.J. – Four Colombian nationals were charged today for their roles in a scheme to burglarize a home in New Jersey and transport the stolen goods to New York, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

William Londono Rojas, 28, of Plainfield, New Jersey; Andrew Cifuentes Cadavid, 32, and Nicolas Ochoa Zambrano, 19, both of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and Jose Alejandro Calvo Orozco, 27, of Madison, New Jersey, are each charged by complaint with conspiracy to transport stolen property. Rojas, Cadavid and Zambrano made their initial appearances before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court and were detained. Orozco was recently deported.

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

On Nov. 30, 2022 through Dec. 2, 2022, the four defendants burglarized a home and then transported the stolen goods across state lines from Union County, New Jersey, to New York. 

The charge of conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greatest.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the FBI Newark’s Transnational Organized Crime Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Enforcement Removal Operations, under the direction of Field Office Director John Tsoukaris; the Union County Prosecutor’s Office under direction of Prosecutor William Daniel and Chief Harvey Barnwell; and the Cranford Police Department, under the direction of Chief Ryan Greco, with the investigation leading to the charges. He also thanked New Jersey State Police, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Postal Inspection Service for their assistance as well as the police departments of Berkeley Heights Township, Branchburg, Cranford, Edison, Elizabeth, Kearny, Livingston, Metuchen, Monroe, Montgomery, Mountainside, Raritan Borough, and Warren.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dong Joo Lee of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force/Narcotics Unit and Rebecca Sussman of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


Updated June 9, 2023

Press Release Number: 23-171