News Release
Date: January 11, 2012
Contact: DEA Special Agent
Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
Tel: (973) 776-1143

Union City Man Sentenced to Five Years in
Prison for Role in Heroin Mill Conspiracy

NEWARK, N.J. – Brian R. Crowell, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Paul J. Fishman, the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced a Union City, N.J., man convicted for his role in a conspiracy to process, package, and distribute heroin was sentenced today to 60 months in prison.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on Sept. 9, 2011, against Jose Manuel Almonte, 38,
following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini. Almonte was convicted
of both counts of an Indictment charging him with conspiring to manufacture and distribute
heroin and possession with intent to manufacture and distribute heroin. Judge Martini also
imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

Almonte conspired with others, including Ramon Delorbe, 40, of New York City, and
Joselin Reynoso, 47, of Union City, to operate a heroin processing mill in Union City between
April and October 2009. Almonte and his co-conspirators distributed more than one kilogram of
heroin. When agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Almonte and searched
the mill, they seized approximately 220 grams of heroin, extensive drug processing and packaging paraphernalia and approximately $8,800 in currency.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martini sentenced Almonte to three years of
supervised release.

Both Delorbe and Reynoso have pleaded guilty to heroin charges. Delorbe is awaiting
sentencing before Judge Martini. Reynoso has been sentenced and deported.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents and task force officers of the DEA, under
the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell in Newark, for the investigation
leading to today’s sentence.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randall Cook and Vikas
Khanna of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.