CAMDEN, NJ — Authorities announced Friday that a Camden County man was arrested at Cooper River Park and now faces charges of possessing fentanyl with the intent to distribute and for possessing a gun as part of a drug crime.
According to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpentino, when Tyquan Burrell, 28, was arrested he had roughly 418 small bags containing what is believed to be fentanyl.
A search warrant on his home Thursday found the following:
- Approximately 2,521 wax baggies and three sandwich-sized clear plastic bags containing a total of more than 300 grams of a substance that tested positive for fentanyl.
- About $34,000 in U.S. currency.
- A loaded handgun in a bedroom used by Burrell.
Burrell - who's city of origin was not disclosed - has been charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute more than 40 grams of fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
He will appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider by video-conference this afternoon.
"This investigation and prosecution is part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) in Camden. The Camden VCI was formed in January of 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Camden County Police Department for purpose of combating violent crime in and around the Camden area," Carpentino's office said in a statement.
The partnership includes federal, state, county and city agencies.
If convicted of the intent to distribute charge, Burrell faces a minimum prison sentence of five years, a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.
In addition, "the charge of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine," officials said.