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Leader of New Jersey Gang and Associate Charged with Distributing Heroin and Fentanyl in Prison, Resulting in Inmate Overdose

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

NEWARK, N.J. – Two Hudson County men were charged for their alleged roles in trafficking heroin and fentanyl into a New Jersey state prison, which resulted in an inmate’s overdose, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Noel Salgado, 39, a/k/a “Kuko,” and Rodgerick Garrett, 38, a/k/a “50,” a/k/a “Fif,” a/k/a “Boo,” both of Jersey City, New Jersey, were each charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl and one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, which resulted in serious bodily injury to a person. Both men are scheduled to appear Sept. 30, 2019, for arraignment before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti.

According to the indictment, other documents filed in this case, and statements made in court:

Salgado is the leader of the “Loyal Hoody Gang” subset of the Neighborhood Rolling 20 Bloods, a nationwide street gang. While incarcerated as an inmate at Bayside State Prison, Salgado directed other gang members and associates to provide narcotics proceeds to him and his associates and to smuggle narcotics and other contraband into prison.

On Oct. 17, 2015, Salgado called Garrett from prison to arrange for the purchase and smuggling into the prison of heroin and fentanyl. A third conspirator picked up the narcotics from Garrett and smuggled them to Salgado on Oct. 18, 2015. The following day, an inmate to whom Salgado had distributed the narcotics was found unresponsive in his cell suffering from a drug overdose. The inmate only regained consciousness after medical personnel administered an opiate antidote to revive the inmate, who was hospitalized for two days following his overdose.

The charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, which resulted in serious bodily injury, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $1 million fine. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and investigators with the N.J. Department of Corrections, Special Investigations Division, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher D. Amore and Elaine K. Lou of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.


Updated April 18, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 19-276