Mexican National Sentenced For Trafficking Drugs into NJ

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  NEWARK – A Mexican national was sentenced to 64 months in prison for his role in conspiring to traffic 300 grams of fentanyl into New Jersey, announced US Attorney Craig Carpenito.

  Angel Santo Jerez Matos, 61, also known as “El Colonel,” previously pleaded guilty before US District Judge Kevin McNulty to charges for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl.

  Matos was sentenced on July 30 in Newark federal court.

  According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Matos supplied fentanyl, heroin, and cocaine to a drug trafficking organization operating in and around New Jersey.

  Communications between Matos and a member of a NJ drug trafficking organization were intercepted, as they discussed the pricing of “cars,” referencing kilograms of narcotics to be shipped from Mexico into the US through California, then to New Jersey.

  Additional communications among members of the NJ drug trafficking organization revealed that 300 grams of fentanyl that had originated with Matos in Mexico made its way to users in Newark in May 2017.

  Matos is sentenced to 64 months in prison as well as four years of supervised release.