NEWARK, NJ – A New York man allegedly admitted Monday to participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin and fentanyl to customers in New Jersey, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Dilson Vasquez Genao, 23, of the Bronx pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl, Carpenito said.
Francisco Mercedes Gil, 31, also of the Bronx pleaded guilty last week to the same charges, Carpenito said.
Jhan Carlos Capellan Maldonado, 30, Jose Antonio Vasquez Pena a/k/a “Tono,” 46, Daury Contreras Ulerio, 34, and Reimon Genao Rosario, 22, were indicted on the same charge in Aug. 2019 and arraigned on Sept. 4. Eddy Urena Rodriguez, 34, remains charged by complaint, Carpenito said.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, in early February 2019, law enforcement officers learned that Maldonado used an apartment in the Bronx to store, mix, and package heroin and fentanyl in distribution quantities. Maldonado employed Genao, Gil, Rodriguez, Ulerio, and Rosario, to assist in preparing the heroin and fentanyl for distribution to customers in New Jersey. Pena lived at the apartment in order to safeguard the narcotics and narcotics supplies.
On Feb. 25, 2019, law enforcement officers saw Maldonado drive to a retail store and emerge with several full shopping bags and then drive to the apartment. Genoa came out of the building and met with Maldonado, who got out of his vehicle and gave Genoa the plastic shopping bags. Through its investigation, law enforcement later learned that the plastic shopping bags contained materials to package heroin and fentanyl.
Genoa went back inside the building and was followed by law enforcement officers, who watched as Genoa entered Maldonado’s apartment with a key, still carrying the shopping bags. On Feb. 27, 2019, law enforcement searched Maldonado’s apartment and found seven individuals inside: including Genao, Gil, Rodriguez, Ulerio, Rosario, Maldonado, and Pena. All seven defendants attempted to escape out a window in the bedroom. All but one—Rosario—were apprehended and arrested by law enforcement officers waiting outside. Rosario was arrested at a later date.
Each defendant faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine. Sentencing for Genao is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2020, and sentencing for Gil is scheduled for Jan. 6, 2020.