2 Hunterdon County women sentenced to prison for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone

TRENTON, NJ – Two Hunterdon County women were sentenced Tuesday to federal prison terms for their respective roles in an oxycodone distribution conspiracy in Flemington, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Michele Call, 63, of Flemington was sentenced to 54 months in prison and Nelida Rios, 55, of Flemington, was sentenced to 48 months in prison. Both defendants previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson to informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone.

According to the documents filed in the case and statements made in court, from April 2016 through December 2017, Rios, Call and Call’s daughter, Alicia Balaban, 35, of Wellington, Florida, worked together to secure prescriptions for oxycodone, fill them at pharmacies in Flemington, and then distribute the pills to Marie DeJulia, 42, of Lodi, New Jersey, from Call’s and Rios’ Flemington residences for resale. The conspirators distributed thousands of 30 mg oxycodone pills.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Wolfson sentenced both women to three years of supervised release, and fined them each $1,000. She ordered forfeiture of $40,000 from Call and $42,000 from Rios.

Balaban and DeJulia have also pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced next week.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook