CAMDEN, NJ - Two men pleaded guilty Monday to their roles within a drug trafficking ring in Camden that distributed significant amounts of illegal drugs in the city, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.
Jameel Byng, 26, and Kaliel Johnson, 27, pleaded guilty before US District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to taking part in the “drug-trafficking conspiracy” based out of the 500 block of Pine Street.
The operation was allegedly known to sell heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine.
“An investigation led by the FBI used surveillance tactics, confidential informants, consensual recordings, over 40 controlled drug purchases, record checks, a GPS vehicle tracker, and several court-authorized wiretaps to uncover the operations of the drug-trafficking organization in which Byng and Johnson participated,” officials said in the announcement.
Byng pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and powder cocaine. Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin.
Byng faces between 5 and 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine, and Johnson faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Five members of the drug-trafficking organization were indicted by a federal grand jury in December and nine others have admitted to playing roles in the conspiracy as well: Ronnie Lopez, Nelson Salcedo, Paul Salcedo, Waldemar Garcia, William Carrillo, Elisa Rivera, Ramon Velez, Naeem Sadler, and Jasmin Velez.