Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

April 26, 2018

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

Man Sentenced To Seven Years In Prison For Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

TRENTON, N.J. -  Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, and Craig Carpenito, U.S. Attorney for the Distric of New Jersey announced a DeKalb, Illinois man was sentenced today to 84 months in prison for his role in an international drug trafficking organization.

Henry Zamora, 38, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to the first count of an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

From June 2014 through December 2014, Zamora engaged in a conspiracy with members of a drug trafficking organization, with 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 home.

Two other members of the conspiracy, Harry Madrid, 26, of Anaheim, California, and his brother, Wilson Madrid, 32, of Norcross, Georgia, previously entered guilty pleas for their roles in conspiring to launder drug proceeds on behalf of the organization. Harry Madrid has been sentenced to 46 months in prison and Wilson Madrid has been sentenced to seven years in prison by Judge Sheridan.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Zamora to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito praised special agents of the DEA New Jersey Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson, officers from the N.J. State Police under the direction of Acting Superintendent Colonel Patrick J. Callahan, and officers from the (Illinois) Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gene Lowrey, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

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