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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison for Trying to Distribute 1.7 Kilograms of Pure Methamphetamine

OCT 15 (NEWARK, N.J.) ––Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division and Paul J. Fishman, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced a Philadelphia man was sentenced today to 126 months in prison for
trying to deliver 1.7 kilograms of pure methamphetamine in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Aaron Vega-Castelo, 29, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an indictment charging him with one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

On Dec. 11, 2013, Vega-Castelo was stopped while driving a blue Jeep on the New Jersey Turnpike in Elizabeth. Law enforcement found four plastic food storage-style containers of methamphetamine hydrochloride and two shoeboxes containing approximately $110,000 in cash in the back seat area of his vehicle. Vega-Castelo admitted that at the time he was stopped by law enforcement, he was on his way to deliver the drugs and cash to other individuals near an Ikea in Elizabeth.

DEA testing of the seized methamphetamine revealed that it had a net weight of 1.79 kilograms and substance purity of 95.1 percent, which results in 1.7 kilograms of pure methamphetamine hydrochloride.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Vega-Castelo to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration,Newark Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, with the


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