Vineland Man Admits to Drug Charges, Faces Up to Life in Prison
A man from Vineland pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl on Monday.
U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito says 37-year-old Oscar J. Gonzalez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine and possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
The cocaine-related count of conspiracy to distribute and possess carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, and a fine of up to $5 million. The fentanyl-related count of possession with intent to distribute carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, and a fine of up to $10 million.
According to court documents,
From Jan. 20, 2020, through Jan. 26, 2020, Gonzalez conspired with others to distribute kilograms of cocaine. On Jan. 25, 2020, he agreed to purchase kilograms of cocaine and, pursuant to that agreement, traveled to a location in Union County, New Jersey, to obtain the cocaine. He brought with him approximately $24,000 in cash, in order to pay for one kilogram of cocaine. Once at that location, he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
While on release in connection with that case, Gonzalez agreed to distribute five kilograms of fentanyl. On April 24, 2020, Gonzalez arranged for another individual to deliver the fentanyl to a location in Monmouth County, New Jersey. Law enforcement officers seized the fentanyl from Gonzalez’ conspirator, and Gonzalez was arrested.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 21st.