FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2010
Contact: DEA Special Agent Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
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Jury Convicts Philadelphia Man of Conspiring to Distribute Cocaine
NOV 22 -- CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden federal jury found Philadelphia, Pa. resident Frederick
Sellers guilty today of one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in Camden and elsewhere,
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman and Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) New Jersey Division, Acting Special Agent in Charge John G. McCabe, Jr., announced.
Sellers, 35, was convicted following two hours of deliberation at the conclusion of a four-day
trial before United States District Judge Renée Marie Bumb. The evidence at trial showed
that Sellers had agreed with Mario Estrada-Espinoza and Jose Luis Grimaldo Valencia to
distribute approximately 10 kilograms of cocaine between June 2008 and October 23, 2008.
Among other things, Sellers was video and audio-recorded on December 9, 2008, paying
Estrada-Espinoza $138,000 in a nighttime meeting at a Wal-Mart parking lot on Roosevelt Blvd.
in south Philadelphia.
Sellers faces a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum
sentence of 10 years in prison, as well as a maximum $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for
February 14, 2011.
Both Valencia and Estrada-Espinoza previously pleaded guilty. Grimaldo Valencia
awaits sentencing, currently scheduled for November 22, 2011; Estrada-Espinosa fled and
remains a fugitive.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration,
under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge John G. McCabe Jr., the Camden County
Prosecutor’s Office, the Mantua Township Police Department, the Cherry Hill Police Department and the Camden Police Department for the investigation of this and related cases.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Matthew T. Smith and Howard Wiener of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.