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Illinois man admits role in cross-country drug distribution conspiracy

(TRENTON, N.J.) –Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, and William E. Fitzpatrick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced a DeKalb, Illinois, man who was arrested transporting four kilograms of heroin to Indiana pleaded guilty today in Trenton federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Henry Zamora, 38, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to Count One of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin.

From June 2014 through November 2014, Zamora conspired with other members of a cross-country drug trafficking organization, which included cells operating in New Jersey, to transport and distribute bulk quantities of heroin. On November 21, 2014, Zamora was arrested while transporting four kilograms of heroin contained in a hidden compartment in his vehicle. Following the arrest, officers recovered an additional two kilograms of heroin from his residence in DeKalb.

The charge to which Zamora pleaded guilty carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13, 2017.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)’s New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Carl J. Kotowski, officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, and officers from the DeKalb Police Department with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.


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