CAMDEN, NJ — A 32-year-old woman pleaded guilty to her role in a drug trafficking ring distributing “significant amounts of illegal drugs” in Camden,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Monday.
Meylin Troncoso, of Camden, admitted her role before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in federal court — where she was facing charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet of school.
“Thirteen other members of the drug-trafficking conspiracy...previously have pleaded guilty to their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy that was based on the 500 block of Pine Street in Camden,” authorities said in the announcement.
The other members, according to Carpentino, include Ronnie Lopez, Nelson Salcedo, Paul Salcedo, Waldemar Garcia, William Carrillo, Elisa Rivera, Ramon Velez, Naeem Sadler, Jasmin Velez, Jameel Byng, Kaliel Johnson, David Velez and Carlos Perez.
Charges against five other defendants with alleged ties to the drug ring are currently pending.
The operation was reportedly known to sell heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and fentanyl in and around Camden.
According to officials, the FBI made use of surveillance tactics, confidential informants, consensual recordings, record checks, and over 40 controlled drug purchases in the investigation.
Also, “several court-authorized wiretaps to uncover the operations of the Camden drug-trafficking organization" were used.
Troncoso faces between one and 40 years in prison, as well as a $2 million fine. Her sentencing was set for May 18.
The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which the case is operating under, works to identify, disrupt and dismantle notable drug and weapons trafficking, and money laundering organizations mainly responsible for the country’s illegal drug supply.