TRENTON, NJ – A Cranford man was one of two who admitted to their roles in conspiracy to distribute 140 kilograms of heroin and cocaine, according to a press release from Acting U.S. Attorney William Fitzpatrick.
Sideeq Q. Williams, 39, of Cranford and Gemal Singleton, 27, of Edison each pled guilty in Trenton Federal Court to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and five kilograms of cocaine. Williams also pleaded guilty to one count of assaulting federal officers, according to the press release.
The two men, along with others, arranged for cocaine and heroin to be shipped to New Jersey via tractor trailer. On August 27, the trailer arrived in the state and was stopped by law enforcement after the driver committed several traffic violations. A search of the trailer revealed five large duffel bags containing a total of 56 kilograms of heroin and 85 kilograms of cocaine, according to the press release.
Singleton and Williams admitted that they were supposed to meet the tractor trailer to pick up the drugs for distribution, according to the press release.
When law enforcement went to speak with Williams and Singleton on August 30, Williams sped away in a Honda Pilot, which he rammed into the officers’ vehicle before driving away, according to the press release.
The drug conspiracy charge requires a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $10 million fine The charge for assaulting a federal officer carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the press release.
Both Singleton and Williams are scheduled for sentencing on Feb. 20, 2018.
“Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie A. Nickerson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty pleas,” the press release reads.