November 07, 2011
Contact: Timothy P. McMahon
Phone Number: (973) 776-1100
Brothers Plead Guilty For Roles In Drug Conspiracy
NEWARK, N.J. - Brian R. Crowell, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) and Paul J. Fishman, the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced Enrique Done of Newark today admitted his involvement in conspiring to possess and distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
Done, 36, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares in Newark federal court to a Superseding Information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess heroin with intent to distribute. Done’s brother, Juan Carlos Done, 41, entered a guilty plea on Oct. 17, 2011, to one count of a Second Superseding Indictment, admitting his role in laundering the proceeds of drug trafficking.
According to documents filed in the two related cases and statements made in court: Enrique Done admitted he agreed with Juan Carlos Done and others to possess with intent to distribute heroin and other drugs. As part of the conspiracy, Enrique Done made numerous telephone calls to co-conspirators in order to obtain the heroin. He traveled from Essex County, N.J., to the vicinity of Philadelphia to distribute heroin on multiple occasions and utilize a house located in Newark to store and distribute heroin. Enrique Done admitted the conspiracy involved at least 100 grams of heroin.
Juan Carlos Done admitted he agreed to conduct financial transactions with drug proceeds in a manner intended to conceal the source of the funds. As part of the conspiracy, he and other persons made anonymous cash deposits of drug proceeds into various bank accounts in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. The amount of these deposits was intended to avoid federal transaction reporting requirements. Juan Carlos Done subsequently conducted transactions using the bank accounts containing these laundered drug proceeds.
Enrique Done faces a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a fine of $4 million. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Feb. 15, 2012.
Juan Carlos Done faces a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the laundered funds. Sentencing is currently scheduled for Feb. 1, 2012.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents, task force officers, and analysts of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian R. Crowell in Newark; special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in ChargeVictor W. Lessoff; deputy U.S. Marshals for the District of New Jersey under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr.; and federal, state, and local law enforcement officials in New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Texas for the investigation leading to these convictions.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Randall Cook and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Toscano of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.