A Bergenfield New Jersey woman is looking at a lengthy prison sentence after she pleaded guilty to criminal charges for cocaine distribution.
The suspect is a 37-year-old woman who resides in Bergenfield, NJ. She was accused of accepting a parcel that contained roughly two kilograms of cocaine. The package was delivered through the U.S. mail system and went across state lines, meaning that it affected interstate commerce. As a result, the suspect was charged with committing a federal crime, as opposed to merely violating New Jersey drug crime laws.
US prosecutors alleged that the package was initially sent from Puerto Rico. The suspect reportedly accepted the package with the intent of selling the drugs in NJ and NY. The suspect allegedly had a co-conspirator in the drug distribution enterprise. The other suspect in the case lived in New York.
Authorities got a tip about the illegal drug activity and opened an investigation into the suspect. After the female suspect received the package on March 24, 2015, she was placed under arrest and charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine.
Now the Bergenfield NJ woman is subject to significant criminal penalties after she reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. The suspect reportedly pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
The suspect will be required to appear in US District Court, located in Newark NJ, so that she can be formally sentenced on the drug offense charges. She faces a potential punishment of up to 20 years behind bars, as well as a fine of up to $1 million.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “N.J. Woman Who Accepted Mail Delivery of Cocaine Faces 20 Years.”