Union County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Drug Distribution Charges

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NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey men was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for drug distribution charges in connection conspiring to distribute cocaine base and distributing fentanyl and cocaine base, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Tyrell Wilson, aka “Hell Rell,” 36, of Rahway, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base and one count of possession with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today by videoconference.

In September 2019, Wilson and Marvin Lagrier, aka “Black Jesus,” 39, of Newark, were were charged by complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute heroin and cocaine base. Lagrier was indicted on these charges in October 2019, pleaded guilty in August 2021, and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 5, 2022.

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

On Sept. 19, 2019, Wilson and Lagrier were arrested for conspiring to sell at least 280 grams of cocaine base.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Wilson to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark, and members of the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

This case is part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI), which was formed in August 2017 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the City of Newark’s Department of Public Safety for the purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Newark. As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate and pool resources to prosecute violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI is composed of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the ATF, the DEA, the U.S. Marshals, the Newark Department of Public Safety, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, N.J. State Parole, Union County Jail, N.J. State Police Regional Operations and Intelligence Center/Real Time Crime Center, N.J. Department of Corrections, the East Orange Police Department, the Orange Police Department and the Irvington Police Department.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Agnew and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kendall Randolph of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gang Unit in Newark.