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Hammonton, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To Nine Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Crystal Methamphetamine

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

CAMDEN, N.J. - A Hammonton, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 108 months in prison for engaging in a conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of crystal methamphetamine in Atlantic County, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Ignacio Cuesta, 42, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel Hillman in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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

Cuesta was arrested on June 24, 2016, in Hammonton, New Jersey, after agreeing to sell two pounds of crystal methamphetamine to an undercover narcotics detective. The two pounds of crystal methamphetamine were seized from Cuesta’s Ford Expedition, along with approximately $9,000 in cash. Several additional pounds of crystal methamphetamine possessed by Cuesta were found hidden in vehicles and buried in a bucket in the ground in a parking lot for a local business in Hammonton. Law enforcement officers also recovered additional cash inside the trunk of a vehicle owned and used by Cuesta, which was parked in the same parking lot in Hammonton. The total seized from Cuesta and this property was more than $100,000.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Cuesta to five years of supervised release. As part of the plea agreement, Cuesta agreed to forfeit all of the cash and two vehicles that were seized on the day of the arrest.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson in Newark, with the investigation. He also thanked the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo, for its assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Patrick Duffy Esq., Audubon, Pennsylvania

Updated August 21, 2018

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 18-273