Ocean County Felon Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking, Firearm Possession, and Possessing Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking
NEWARK, N.J. – A South Carolina man today admitted conspiring to illegally sell firearms, including five pistols and one rifle, in and around Essex County, New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.
Carter Wilkerson, 21, of Orangeburg, South Carolina, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to engage in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
From April 2021 through May 18, 2021, Wilkerson was a member of a gun trafficking conspiracy. In furtherance of the conspiracy, he trafficked six firearms, with the intent to sell these weapons to at least one New Jersey resident.
The count of conspiracy to engage in the business of unlicensed firearms dealing carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for April 26, 2022.
This case 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 https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents and task force officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark, and special agents and task force officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews, Newark Field Division, with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori, Chief of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit in Newark and Assistant U.S. Attorney Samantha Fasanello, of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit in Newark.