Delran man convicted of South Jersey drug conspiracy

DELRAN, NJ – A man from Delran was one of three people convicted of various narcotics and firearms offenses for his role in a Trenton-based drug trafficking conspiracy, Acting Prosecutor Rachael A said. Honig.

Jerome Roberts, 51, of Delran, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of distribution and possession in the intention to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin.

Timothy Wimbush, 31, of Trenton, was convicted of conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; possession with intent to distribute heroin; possession of firearms for the purpose of a drug trafficking crime; and be a criminal in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Taquan Williams, 24 of Trenton, was convicted of being a criminal in possession of firearms and ammunition. The jury found Williams not guilty of possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession of firearms as part of a drug trafficking crime.

The jury deliberated for two and a half days before delivering the verdicts after a three-week trial in federal court in Trenton, authorities said.

Roberts, Wimbush and Williams are among 23 people who have already been charged in connection with the drug trafficking plot, authorities say.

Roberts and Jakir Taylor regularly bought hundreds of bricks of heroin from David Antonio, whom they referred to as “Pop” and “Papi,” according to documents filed in the case and evidence presented at the trial.

Roberts and Taylor would then supply this heroine to other dealers and end users in and around Trenton, authorities said.

In August and September 2018, Roberts and Taylor agreed to obtain more than 1,400 bricks of heroin, which Roberts called “the mother load,” according to authorities.

On October 25, 2018, law enforcement raided Antonio’s home in Trenton, where they said they recovered nearly a kilogram and a half of heroin and a significant amount of packing supplies.

On September 6, 2018, police arrested a 2002 Volkswagen Passat after they said they saw Williams get into the car while carrying a yellow plastic bag believed to contain contraband. The car was registered in Wimbush, authorities said. Wimbush was driving the car and the two had previously been convicted of criminals, authorities said.

Searching the car, detectives said they found a secret trap compartment installed under the rear passenger seat, around 57 bricks of heroin, four semi-automatic firearms – including a .223 caliber assault rifle linked to the car. a shooting in Trenton four days earlier – hundreds of rounds of ammunition and the yellow plastic bag Williams had brought in the car.

The yellow bag contained two boxes of .45 caliber ammunition and three .45 caliber gun magazines, which matched one of the semi-automatic firearms also found in the trap compartment, authorities said. . Police identified the heroin as having been supplied by Taylor and another co-conspirator, authorities said.

Arrests made and charges filed after a secret investigation involving the interception of phone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretapping orders, controlled heroin purchases, use confidential sources of information and other investigative techniques.

Roberts faces 10 years in life and a fine of up to $ 10 million. Wimbush faces 15 years in life and a fine of up to $ 5 million. Williams faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.

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