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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.

Julian Dickerson, a/k/a “Juelz,” 30, 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:

Dickerson admitted that he was a member of an organization that controlled the distribution of drugs, including crack cocaine, in and around the 1100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Camden. Dickerson admitted that he was supplied crack cocaine by other members of the conspiracy, which he sold to customers in the area and to an undercover officer on several occasions.

Dickerson – along with Joseph Boyd, Jason Boyd, Tony Wilson, Preston Thomas, Derek Stallworth, Jeffrey Whitaker, and Nafeez Griffin – was originally charged 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. Dickerson’s sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2017.

Jason Boyd, Stallworth, and Wilson have all pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and firearms possession and await sentencing. Joseph Boyd pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and awaits sentencing. The charges against Thomas, Whitaker, and Griffin 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: Michael Riley Esq.

Updated June 7, 2017

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 17-173