Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

March 01, 2017

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

California Man Sentenced To 76 Months In Prison For Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

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 California man was sentenced today to 76 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to traffic approximately 12 kilograms of cocaine from California to New Jersey.

Jesus Raul Iribe, 38, of Riverside, California, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Kevin McNulty to information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

On Feb. 8, 2013, law enforcement officers recorded and observed meetings between Iribe and other conspirators in which they planned to use a tractor-trailer to transport cocaine from California to New Jersey and other destinations along the East Coast. Eventually, law enforcement followed the tractor trailer to Bronx, New York, where they recovered a produce box containing 12 kilograms of cocaine. Iribe admitted that he conspired with others to traffic the cocaine from California to New Jersey.
 
In addition to the prison term, Judge McNulty sentenced Iribe to five years of supervised release. Under terms of the plea agreement, he must also forfeit $446,310 in cash, three handguns, and an AR-1 assault rifle that were recovered when he was arrested in March 2015.

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