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Texas truck driver admits trafficking 21 kilos of illegal drugs to New Jersey

TRENTON, NJ – A Texas man Tuesday admitted conspiring to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and five grams or more of methamphetamine, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

Juan Macias Prieto, 53, of El Paso pleaded guilty in Trenton federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and five grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and five grams or more of methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, on Sept. 17, 2019, Macias Prieto conspired with others to distribute narcotics. Macias Prieto, a commercial truck driver, transported approximately 21 kilograms of narcotics into New Jersey with the intent to distribute the narcotics to conspirators. 

The arrest occurred at a Interstate 78 truck stop in Bloomsbury, Hunterdon County.

The counts to which Macias Prieto pleaded guilty each carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life imprisonment and a fine of up to $10 million. Sentencing is scheduled for May 26, 2020.

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