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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 5, 2018

Georgia Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Role In Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

TRENTON, N.J. – A Norcross, Georgia, man was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for his role in an international drug trafficking organization, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Wilson Madrid, 32, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with conspiracy to launder money. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to documents filed in these and other cases and statements made in court:

From June 2014 through November 2014, Madrid conspired with other members of an international drug trafficking organization, with cells operating in New Jersey, to launder more than $150,000 related to the distribution of heroin. In December 2014, a co-defendant, Dany Francisco-Valerio, 44, of Bronx, New York, conspired with members of the drug trafficking organization to transport and distribute kilogram quantities of heroin; on Dec. 24, 2014, he was arrested while transporting 15 kilograms of heroin contained in a hidden compartment in his vehicle. Francisco-Valerio pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin and has been sentenced to 51 months in prison.

One of their conspirators, Henry Zamora, pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan on Aug. 31, 2017, to conspiring to distribute four kilograms of heroin that were recovered from a hidden compartment in Zamora’s vehicle. Another conspirator, Harry Madrid, pleaded guilty before Judge Sheridan on Sept. 7, 2017, to conspiring to launder more than $150,000 on behalf of the drug trafficking organization.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Madrid to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson, officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan, and officers from the DeKalb (Illinois) Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gene Lowrey, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney and Assistant U.S. Attorney Jamari Buxton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Mark Davis Esq., Hamilton, New Jersey

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
18-083
Updated March 5, 2018