Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

July 10, 2018

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

Man gets 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute over 140 kilograms of heroin and cocaine

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 District of New Jersey, announced an Edison, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 140 kilograms of narcotics in New Jersey.


Gemal Singleton, 41, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and five kilograms of cocaine. Judge Martinotti imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.


Singleton, Siddeeq Q. Williams, 40, of Cranford, New Jersey, and others arranged for cocaine and heroin to be shipped to New Jersey via tractor trailer. On Aug. 27, 2017, the tractor-trailer arrived in New Jersey and was pulled over by law enforcement after the driver committed several traffic violations.


A subsequent search of the tractor-trailer recovered five large duffle bags containing a total of 56 kilograms of heroin and 85 kilograms of cocaine. Singleton and Williams admitted that they were supposed to meet the tractor-trailer to collect the narcotics for eventual distribution.


In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced Singleton to five years of supervised release. Williams has also pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and awaits sentencing.


U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence.

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