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New York Man Sentenced to 59 Months in Prison on Fentanyl Charges

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

CAMDEN, N.J. – A New York man was sentenced today to 59 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Edgar Jesus Avila Alvarado, 46, of the Bronx, New York, previously pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of fentanyl. Judge Bumb imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in this case as well as statements made in court:

In July 2022, law enforcement observed Avila Alvarado exit a residence in New York City carrying a duffle bag and enter a vehicle. After conducting a lawful vehicle stop, law enforcement recovered approximately three kilograms of fentanyl within the bag and learned that Avilia Alvarado was on route to New Jersey to distribute the controlled substance to another individual. Shortly thereafter, law enforcement recovered an additional four kilograms of fentanyl inside of Avila Alvarado’s residence also located in New York City. In total, law enforcement recovered nearly 7.4 kilograms of fentanyl from Avila Alvarado.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Avila Alvarado to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge SAC Frank A. Tarentino III, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at

The New York OCDETF Strike Force is housed at the DEA’s New York Division and includes agents and officers of the DEA; the New York City Police Department; the New York State Police; Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations; IRS - Criminal Investigation; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the U.S. Marshals Service; New York National Guard; U.S. Coast Guard; Port Washington Police Department; and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Vincent D. Romano of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark.

Updated June 20, 2024

Press Release Number: 24-238