TRENTON, NJ- The Burlington County Prosecutor's Office's assistance in a drug investigation has led to the sentencing of an area man involved in a heroin trafficking conspiracy.
David Antonio, 32, of Trenton, was sentenced on Wednesday to 204 months in prison for his role as a supplier to a significant drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed heroin in Trenton and the surrounding area, the United States Attorney's Office announced today.
From October 2017 to October 2018, Antonio and others engaged in a large drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in the areas of Martin Luther King Boulevard, Sanford Street, Middle Rose Street, Southard Street, Hoffman Avenue, Chambers Street and Coolidge Avenue in Trenton, and which sought to profit from the distribution of heroin and numerous other controlled substances.
From the interception of phone calls and text message through court-authorized wiretaps, controlled purchases of heroin, the use of confidential sources of information and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that conspirators obtained regular supplies of hundreds of "bricks" of heroin from Antonio. Through intercepted communications, it was revealed that Antonio agreed to supply a "motherlode" of as many as 1,400 bricks of heroin in a single delivery-- equaling to approximately 1.5 kilograms of heroin. A conspirator, Jakir Taylor, told Antonio that he intended to "flood the streets" of Trenton with this large supply, and Antonio agreed to give Taylor a significant amount of heroin to do so.
During coordinated arrests on October 25, 2018, law enforcement arrested Antonio at a residence in Trenton and recovered more than 1.4 kilograms of heroin, in addition to a significant amount of paraphernalia used to package heroin for distribution.
Antonio and twenty-five others were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin in October of 2018. In February of 2020, a grand jury returned a 10-count indictment charging Antonio and six other defendants with various crimes related to the drug trafficking conspiracy, in addition to firearms charges. To date, twenty-three defendants charged in the complaint and have pleaded guilty.
In addition to the prison term, Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson sentenced Antonio to five years of supervised release.
This case was conducted under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the FBI’s Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to enhance the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of individuals involved in gang-related activities, violent crime, and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.
The U.S. Attorney's office credited federal, state and local law enforcement for their assistance with the case, including the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office and Mercer County Prosecutor's Office.