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Mexican National Admits Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mexican National today admitted possessing with intent to distribute methamphetamine, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Mayolo Castro Santamaria, 39, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine.

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

On June 26, 2020, Santamaria possessed 64.76 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.

The possession with intent to distribute charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life imprisonment, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 15, 2021.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, and the Cedar Grove Police Department with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Tsakopoulos Saker of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark.

Updated July 15, 2021

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 21-316