Bronx Man Admits Possession with Intent to Distribute Fentanyl

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Bronx man today admitted possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jose Sanchez Matos, 31, of the Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of a mixture and substance containing fentanyl.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On Aug. 27, 2019, a confidential source (the “CS”) met with Matos and agreed to purchase one kilogram of fentanyl for $40,000. Matos then provided the CS with a powdery substance wrapped in plastic, stating that the substance was fentanyl.

The charge of possession with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl carries a statutory mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum sentence of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million. Sentencing is scheduled for April 28, 2022.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jason J. Molina in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah A. Sulkowski of the Violent Crimes Unit in Newark.

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