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Mexican National Sentenced to 64 Months in Prison for Trafficking Fentanyl

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Mexican national was sentenced today to 64 months in prison for his role in conspiring to traffic approximately 300 grams of fentanyl into New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Angel Santo Jerez Matos, 61, a/k/a “El Colonel,” previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl. Judge McNulty imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Matos was a supplier of fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine to a drug trafficking organization operating in and around New Jersey.

Matos and a member of a New Jersey drug trafficking organization were heard, on intercepted communications, discussing the pricing of “cars,” meaning kilograms of narcotics to be shipped from Mexico into the United States through California. The drugs would then be shipped to New Jersey. Additional communications among members of the New Jersey drug trafficking organization revealed that 300 grams of fentanyl that had originated with Matos in Mexico made its way to users in Newark in May 2017.

In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Matos to four years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari B. Fontecchio of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

Updated July 30, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 15-221