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South Jersey Man Admits Role In Crack Distribution Conspiracy

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

CAMDEN, N.J. - A Camden man today admitted his role in a crack cocaine distribution conspiracy operating in Camden, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Joseph Boyd, a/k/a “Breet,” 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle in Camden federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base.

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

Joseph Boyd admitted that he sold crack cocaine in and around the 1100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Camden and supplied crack cocaine to other members of the conspiracy to sell in the area.

Joseph Boyd – along with Jason Boyd, Tony Wilson, Preston Thomas, Derek Stallworth, Jeffrey Whitaker, Nafeez Griffin, and Julian Dickerson – were originally charged by complaint on Sept. 9, 2016, following an investigation by the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force. Law enforcement officers seized drugs and recovered two handguns that were kept by members of the conspiracy in connection with the organization’s drug trafficking activities.

The drug distribution conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 13, 2017.

Jason Boyd, Stallworth, and Wilson have all pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and firearms possession and await sentencing. The charges against Thomas, Whitaker, Griffin and Dickerson are still pending, and they are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael Harpster; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief J. Scott Thomson; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo; and the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Rick Fuentes, with the investigation.

He also thanked the Camden County Sheriff’s Department, the Cherry Hill Police Department, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Gabriel J. Vidoni of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: David Rudenstein, Esq.

Updated April 3, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 17-098