According to United Press International, the two men being the largest fentanyl bust to date in New Jersey’s history have been sentenced. Jesus Carrillo-Pineda and Daniel Vasquez pleaded guilty in December 2017 to possession of enough fentanyl that authorities have said could kill the entire population of New Jersey twice over. In a written statement, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said, “Many lives were undoubtedly saved as a result of this record-setting fentanyl seizure by the New Jersey State Police… Because dealers use this super-potent opioid to boost heroin and create counterfeit oxy pills, drug users are left to play a deadly game of Russian roulette each time they give way to their addiction.”
Detectives of the New Jersey State Police Trafficking North Unit developed information about a shipment of drugs being delivered in North Bergen. On June 28, 2017, the detectives assisted by members of the North Bergen Police Department, arrested Carrillo-Pineda and Vasquez after observing the drug transaction in which two black duffel bags were transferred from the back of a tractor-trailer driven by Vasquez into a Mercedes Benz driven by Carrillo-Pineda. The State Police seized 40 individually wrapped kilograms that testing confirmed to be fentanyl.
Carrillo-Pineda of Philadelphia, PA was sentenced to 10 years in state prison on a charge of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and a concurrent sentence of seven years in prison on a charge of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute. Vasquez of Somerton, AZ was sentenced to six years in state prison on a charge of possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.