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Hudson County Man Sentenced to 23 Months in Prison for Participation in Conspiracy to Distribute Fentanyl

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Hudson County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 23 months in prison for conspiring to possess fentanyl with the intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Miguel Polanco, 31, of Union City, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

In May 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents intercepted a package being shipped from Mexico City, Mexico, to Polanco at his apartment. The package contained fentanyl. Prior to receiving the package, Polanco received a video from a conspirator explaining how to properly remove the bags of fentanyl concealed inside to minimize the damage to its contents. Polanco also engaged in multiple conversations with conspirators how much fentanyl he would receive and where to deliver it. Polanco was to be paid for receiving and transporting the fentanyl.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Polanco to four years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel in Newark and Deputy Special Agent in Charge Alejandro Amaro in Laredo, Texas; U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers – under the direction of Port Director Albert Flores in Laredo and Port Director TenaVel Thomas, Port of New York/Newark; postal inspectors with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Newark, under the direction of Inspector in Charge Christopher A. Nielsen, Philadelphia Division; and the Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Chief Giacommo Sacca, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Kearney of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Prosecutions Division in Newark.

Updated August 24, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 23-244