South Jersey Man Admits Trafficking Prescription Pills, SNAP Fraud
Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig says a Gloucester City man has admitted to conspiring to distribute Adderall, selling oxycodone, and defrauding the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in connection with his role in a drug trafficking ring operating in and around Gloucester City.
41-year-old Michael DePoder pleaded guilty Thursday to one count each of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute Adderall, distributing oxycodone, and unlawfully acquiring and using SNAP benefits.
According to documents related to this case,
DePoder admitted that on multiple occasions from December 2019 to March 2020, he distributed Adderall, a Schedule II controlled substance containing amphetamine, to his father, Rocco DePoder, as part of a drug distribution conspiracy. Michael DePoder also sold oxycodone pills to an associate on March 8, 2020. He also admitted unlawfully acquiring SNAP benefits in exchange for controlled substances and unlawfully using and possessing those and other SNAP benefits totaling $2,676.
DePoder was charged along with 17 others in March in connection to an investigation by the FBI into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs in Gloucester City and Camden.
Eleven other defendants have previously pleaded guilty to drug trafficking offenses involving the distribution of prescription drugs. They are all awaiting sentencing.
DePoder, if convicted, faces up to or possibly over 20 years in prison and a fine that could exceed $1 million.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 24th.