NEW JERSEY – A New York man admitted participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine in New Jersey from locations in Manhattan, according to U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger.
Juan Carlos Merced Moreno, aka “Samuel,” 45, of Manhattan pleaded guilty by videoconference on Dec. 20, before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl, 50 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing methamphetamine, and 100 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of heroin, Sellinger said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Moreno admitted that from November 2020 through January 2021 he conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, methamphetamine, and heroin. He admitted participating in the conspiracy from locations in Manhattan and that some of the controlled substances were transported to New Jersey.
The conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and a maximum $5 million fine.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 8, 2023.