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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Middlesex County Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Conspiracy To Distribute Two Kilograms Of Heroin In New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Parlin, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for delivering two kilograms of heroin to another individual in Harrison, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Pedro Rodriguez, 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

On Oct 19, 2017, law enforcement officers observed Pedro Rodriguez outside of a restaurant in Newark, where he met with another individual and retrieved a bag that was suspected of containing narcotics. Afterwards, Pedro Rodriguez drove to Harrison, met with Rafaelito Rodriguez (no relation), 43, of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, and provided him a bag containing approximately two kilograms of heroin. Rafaelito Rodriguez was arrested in Harrison shortly afterwards. Pedro Rodriguez was later arrested at his home in Parlin.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced Rodriguez to five years of supervised release.

Rafaelito Rodriguez was sentenced July 17, 2018, to 57 months in prison and three years of supervised release.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith Williams of the U.S. Attorney’s Office OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark.

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

Defense counsel: Pedro Rodriguez is represented by Michael Pedicini Esq.

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Updated July 19, 2018