GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ – A Gloucester City, New Jersey, man today admitted conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills and selling Xanax pills, making him the fifth person to plead guilty for his role in a drug trafficking ring operating in and around Gloucester City and Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.
Marcus Rushworth, 47, of Gloucester City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and distributing a quantity of Xanax.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Rushworth admitted that on multiple occasions from January 2020 to March 2020, he worked with Rocco DePoder to sell oxycodone and Xanax to customers in and around Gloucester City. Rushworth also obtained a quantity of Xanax from DePoder on Feb. 17, 2020, in order to sell to a drug customer. Rushworth was charged along with 17 others in March 2020 in connection with an investigation by the FBI into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including high dosage oxycodone pills, to customers in Gloucester City and Camden.
The drug conspiracy charge carries a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and the distribution charge carries a potential penalty of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2021.
Four other defendants – Kenneth Rushworth, 59, of Gloucester City, a relative of Marcus Rushworth, Wayne Muse, 74, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, Robert Pratt, 57, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Blackwood, New Jersey, and Steven Walker, 47, of Camden – previously pleaded guilty before Judge Bumb to informations charging them with drug trafficking offenses involving the distribution of prescription drugs.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the direction of Director Jared M. Maples; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Wysocki; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the investigation leading to the charges.
He also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni of the Office’s Camden office and Sara F. Merin of the Newark office.