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Hunterdon County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for His Role in Plot to Distribute Cocaine

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

TRENTON, N.J. – A Hunterdon County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and conspiring to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Javier Maldonado, 46, of Hampton, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

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

In June 2019, Maldonado agreed with one or more other individuals to purchase 10 kilograms of cocaine. Law enforcement arrested Maldonado after he provided $280,000 to an individual to purchase the narcotics, which he intended to redistribute. A search of Maldonado’s residence revealed a large quantity of bulk cocaine, cutting agents, processing equipment, and packaging materials.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Maldonado to five years of supervised release.  

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan in New York, with the investigation leading to these charges.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn Barnes of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force/Narcotics Unit.

Updated November 5, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-401