News Release
Date: June 25, 2012
Contact: DEA Special Agent
Douglas S. Collier, M.A.
Public Information Officer
Tel: (973) 776-1143

Crack Cocaine Trafficker Gets 17 Years

June 25 (Camden, NJ) – 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 Gloucester County, N.J., man who was deemed a career offender was sentenced today to 204 months in prison for conspiring with his brother and others to distribute crack cocaine.

Tyren Ali, 30, of West Deptford, N.J., previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman to an Indictment charging him with conspiring with his brother, Kevin Grant, and others to distribute more than 28 grams of crack cocaine from March 2011 through May 19, 2011. Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

From March 2011 through May 19, 2011, Ali sold approximately 88 grams of crack cocaine to a confidential informant working on behalf of law enforcement officers. Ali utilized others, including his brother, to distribute the crack. Grant previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. Because of his long criminal history, including five prior felony drug offenses, Ali was deemed a “career offender” by Judge Hillman, a designation that allows the judge to impose an enhanced sentence.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hillman sentenced Ali to five years of supervised release and ordered him to pay $3,990 in restitution.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Camden Police Department and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office for their important roles in the investigation.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Diana Carrig of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.