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Paterson Man Indicted for Sale of Narcotics that Resulted in Overdose Death

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A federal grand jury has indicted a Paterson, New Jersey, man for distributing a quantity of heroin and fentanyl that led to the overdose death of a New Jersey resident, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Wyzier Peterson, 22, was also charged with two additional sales of heroin and fentanyl, as well as with conspiring to distribute at least 40 grams of fentanyl and at least 100 grams of heroin. The defendant was previously charged by complaint.

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

Peterson and his conspirators are all members and associates of the 230 Boys street gang, which operates primarily around Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue in Paterson. Through numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, consensually recorded telephone calls and text messages, physical surveillance, and the analysis of telephone call detail records, law enforcement officers determined that from September 2018 through July 3, 2019, Peterson and his conspirators conspired to distribute narcotics, to include heroin and fentanyl.

The count of conspiracy to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin and 40 grams of fentanyl carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of at least $5 million. The counts of distribution of heroin and fentanyl carry a maximum of 20 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. The count of distribution of heroin and fentanyl, which led to the death of another person, carries a maximum of life imprisonment.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 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.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents and task force officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; officers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; officers of the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Jerry Speziale; officers of the Jefferson Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief Sean Conrad; detectives of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Camelia M. Valdes; and detectives of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Fredric Knapp; with the investigation leading to the charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s OCDETF/Narcotics Unit.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated February 21, 2020

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 20-079