NEWARK, N.J. – A Paterson man faces up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday to charges related to his distribution of “thousands” of pills containing heroin.

According to a statement by U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito, Juan Vidal, 33, manufactured pills containing heroin that were made to resemble Percocet pills. He used a press to make the pills, and was was aided by another individual, Karen Rojas, who allegedly sold the pills for approximately $5 per pill. Between February 2018 and April 2018, the report reads, Vidal manufactured, and Rojas is said to have sold, thousands of pills.

In one reported incident which brought the charges on April 18, Rojas was asked by a cooperating witness for 100-150 heroin pills. Rojas allegedly sold the cooperating witness 40 heroin pills for approximately $200, before indicating that Vidal needed to “get supplies,” meaning purchase more heroin, in order to make additional pills.

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Rojas’ case is pending.

Vidal is due to be sentence by Judge William H. Walls on December 18.