Man Admits Participation in Drug Conspiracy and Distribution of Fentanyl
NEWARK, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Susan A. Gibson and Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Rachael A. Honig announced a Passaic County, New Jersey, man today admitted participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin.
Shamir Williams, 26, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Stanley R. Chesler to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and 100 grams or more of heroin and distribution of fentanyl.
From May 2020 through Aug. 13, 2020, Shamir Williams, 26, conspired with others to distribute heroin and fentanyl. On June 11, 2020, Williams negotiated the sale of approximately 12,500 glassines of heroin, and then arranged for the delivery of the heroin, from the District of New Jersey to the District of Vermont.
The drug conspiracy charged in count one of the information carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison, and a fine of at least $5 million. Distribution of fentanyl, as charged in count two of the information, carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of at least $1 million. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2022.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents and task force officers with the DEA in New Jersey and New England, under the direction of Special Agents in Charge Susan A. Gibson and Brian D. Boyle, respectively, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.