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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 14, 2017

Manager Of Camden, New Jersey, Drug Trafficking Organization Admits Drug And Firearm Charges

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden man today admitted to conspiring with others to sell crack cocaine and possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug conspiracy in Camden, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Preston J. Thomas, a/k/a “Boo,” 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of cocaine base and one count of conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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

Thomas admitted that he sold, and directed others to sell, crack cocaine on and around the 1100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Camden. Thomas also admitted that he provided crack cocaine to other members of the conspiracy, collected proceeds from the sales, and conspired with members of the conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of its drug trafficking activities.

Thomas, along with brothers Jason and Joseph Boyd, Tony Wilson, Derek Stallworth, Jeffrey Whitaker, Nafeez Griffin, and Julian Dickerson, were originally charged by complaint on Sept. 9, 2016, following a long-term investigation by the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force. Law enforcement officers seized drugs and recovered several firearms that were kept by members of the conspiracy in connection with the organization’s drug trafficking activities. Investigators also intercepted communications pursuant to court-authorized wiretaps on cellular telephones used by members of the conspiracy.

Six other co-defendants have also pleaded guilty to drug and firearm offenses, and three have been sentenced.

Tony Wilson, a/k/a “Tony Langston,” a/k/a “Tone,” and a/k/a “H,” 25, previously pleaded guilty before Judge Simandle to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. He was sentenced on June 16, 2017, to 96 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release.

On June 14, 2017, Jason Boyd, a/k/a “Teddy,” a/k/a “Teddy Reek,” and a/k/a “Fatboy,” 37, was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Boyd had previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On June 13, 2017, Derek Stallworth, a/k/a “AK” and a/k/a “A,” 21, of Camden, was sentenced to 96 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Stallworth had previously pleaded guilty to the same charges for his role in the conspiracy.

On April 3, 2017, Joseph Boyd, a/k/a “Breet,” 32, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base and was sentenced Sept. 6, 2017, to 70 months in prison.

On June 7, 2017, Julian Dickerson, a/k/a “Juelz,” 30, pleaded guilty to an information also charging him with conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. Dickerson’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2017.

On June 28, 2017, Nafeez Griffin, a/k/a “Feez,” 31, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine base. Griffin’s sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 6, 2017.

On February 8, 2017, a federal grand jury also charged Jeffrey Whitaker, 33, a/k/a “Jay,” a/k/a “Jay Black,” and a/k/a “Black,” of Collingswood, in a superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. The charges against Whitaker are still pending.

The drug distribution conspiracy charge to which Thomas pleaded guilty carries a statutory minimum penalty of five years in prison and maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. The firearm conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2018.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief J. Scott Thomson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo; and the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Rick Fuentes, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

He also thanked the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, the Cherry Hill Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Maggie F. Moy Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender

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Updated September 14, 2017