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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

South Jersey Man Gets 70 Months In Prison For Role In Crack Distribution Conspiracy

CAMDEN, N.J. - A Camden man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for 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,” 32, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. Judge Simandle imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Simandle sentenced Joseph Boyd to three years of supervised release.

Jason Boyd, Stallworth, and Wilson, who each previously pleaded guilty to drug distribution conspiracy and firearms possession, were all sentenced to 96 months in prison. Dickerson and Griffin both pleaded guilty to their roles in the scheme and await sentencing.

Thomas and Whitaker remain charged by superseding indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base. Thomas is also charged with one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. The charges and allegations against them are merely accusations, 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.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
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Press Release Number: 
17-327
Updated September 6, 2017