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Paterson Resident Admits Participating in Heroin Conspiracy

A Paterson man admitted conspiring to distribute heroin and to distribute a quantity of heroin, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Officials said Carl Brown, 27, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to a superseding information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute heroin and knowingly and intentionally distributing heroin.According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

The defendant and his conspirators are members and associates of the 230 Boys street gang, which operates primarily around Rosa Parks Boulevard and Godwin Avenue in Paterson. Through numerous controlled purchases of narcotics, consensually recorded telephone calls and text messages, physical surveillance, and the analysis of telephone call detail records, law enforcement officers determined that from September 2018 through Oct. 1, 2019, Brown and his conspirators conspired to distribute narcotics, including heroin.

Each count of the superseding information carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of at least $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2021.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

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