TRENTON, NJ – A federal jury today found three men guilty of various narcotics and firearms offenses for their role in a Trenton-based drug trafficking conspiracy, Acting Prosecutor Rachael A. Honig said. .

Jerome Roberts, 51, of Delran, New Jersey, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and one count of distribution and possession with intent to dispense 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 approximately 2.5 days before delivering verdicts after a three-week trial before U.S. District Chief Justice Freda L. Wolfson in Federal Court in Trenton.

In October 2018, Roberts, Wimbush, Williams and 23 others were charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin; Wimbush, Williams and others have also been charged with firearms offenses. On February 27, 2020, a grand jury released a third indictment of 10 counts, charging Roberts, Wimbush, Williams and four others with conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and various other related offenses drugs and firearms. Roberts, Wimbush and Williams are the latest of 26 defendants indicted in the original criminal complaint to be convicted of one or more federal criminal offenses. The other 23 defendants pleaded guilty.

According to the documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

In 2018, Roberts, Wimbush and others were involved in a large drug conspiracy that operated in various areas of Trenton that sought to profit from the distribution of heroin. Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretapping orders, controlled purchases of heroin, use of confidential sources of information and other techniques of ‘investigation, the police learned that the accused Jerome Roberts and the conspirator Jakir Taylor regularly stocked up on hundreds of “bricks” of heroin from the conspirator David Antonio, which they called “Pop” and ” Papi ”, and that they were distributing these heroin supplies to other dealers and end users in and around Trenton. In August and September 2018, Roberts and Taylor agreed to get a massive heroin supply of over 1,400 “bricks”, which Roberts called “the mother load.” On October 25, 2018, law enforcement raided the residence of supplier Antonio in Trenton and recovered nearly a kilogram and a half of heroin and a significant amount of packaging accessories.

On September 6, 2018, law enforcement officers arrested a green 2002 Volkswagen Passat after observing Williams, a previously convicted felon, enter the vehicle with a yellow plastic bag believed to contain contraband. The Passat was driven by Wimbush and registered in the name of Wimbush, who was also an already convicted felon. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, law enforcement officers recovered from a secret trap compartment installed under the rear passenger seat about 57 bricks of heroin, four semi-automatic firearms – including a gun. 223 caliber assault linked to a shooting in Trenton four days earlier – hundreds of rounds and the yellow plastic bag the accused Williams had carried in the vehicle moments earlier. Law enforcement officers discovered in the yellow bag two boxes of .45 caliber ammunition and three .45 caliber gun magazines, which matched one of the semi-automatic firearms also found. in the hatch compartment. Law enforcement officers identified the heroin as having been provided by Taylor and another member of the conspiracy.

Roberts faces a combined mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a potential maximum life sentence, and a maximum fine of $ 10 million. Wimbush faces a combined mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a potential maximum life sentence, and a maximum fine of $ 5 million. Williams faces a maximum jail term of 10 years and a maximum fine of $ 250,000.

Acting US Attorney Honig credited FBI Special Agents, Newark Division, Trenton Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George M. Crouch Jr. in Newark; special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Newark Division, Trenton Field Office, under the direction of the special agent in charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; officers from the Trenton Police Department, under the direction of Police Director Steve Wilson; officers of the Princeton Police Department, under the direction of Chief Constable Christopher Morgan; officers from the Ewing Police Department, under the direction of Police Chief Albert Rhodes; officers from the Burlington Township Police Department, under the direction of Acting Director of Public Safety James Sullivan; and detectives from the Burlington County District Attorney’s Office, led by District Attorney Scott A. Coffina, the investigation leading to today’s charges. She also thanked the officers of the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Superintendent Col. Patrick J. Callahan; detectives from the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Angelo Onofri; officers of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff John A. Kemler; and members of the New Jersey State Board of Parole for their assistance in the investigation and prosecution of the matter.

The government is represented by Attorney-in-Charge J. Brendan Day and Assistant US Attorney Alexander Ramey of the Criminal Division of the US Attorney’s Office in Trenton.

This case was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the FBI’s Greater Trenton Safe Streets Task Force, a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to improve the identification, arrest and prosecution of individuals. involved in gang related activity, violent crime and drug distribution in and around the greater Trenton area. The main mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, arms smuggling and money laundering organizations and those primarily responsible for the illegal drug supply in the country. .


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