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Mexican National Admits Trafficking Fentanyl into New Jersey

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mexican national today admitted transporting approximately two kilograms of fentanyl into New Jersey for distribution, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Adrian Vargas Arroyo, 31, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an indictment charging him with one count of possession with intent to distribute over 400 grams of fentanyl.

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

In October 2019, Vargas Arroyo drove a tractor trailer into New Jersey with a bag containing four half-kilogram packages of fentanyl, weighing a total of approximately two kilograms. Vargas Arroyo arranged to distribute the narcotics at a location in Middlesex County, New Jersey, where he was arrested.

The distribution and possession with intent to distribute charge to which Vargas Arroyo pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

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

Updated November 16, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-420