Two charged for running Burlington County crack and cocaine operation

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WILLINGBORO, NJ – The Department of Justice has announced the arrest of two men from South Jersey, for dealing drugs, including crack and cocaine. The DOJ said one of the men was the leader of a regional drug distribution ring.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said Herbert Mays, 65, of Willingboro, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Zahid N. Quraishi in Trenton federal court to Counts One and Two of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 280 grams of crack cocaine.

Julius Thigpen, 60, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, another member of the same organization, pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

“Ten other members of the drug trafficking conspiracy – Andre Perkins, Brandon Watts, Craig Moore, John Petrovich, Mecca Grant, Nathaniel McCoy, Ronnie Dawson, Samantha Bolhert, Teron Huggins, and Tracy Williams – previously pleaded guilty. The charges against eight other defendants remain pending,” the Department of Justice said in a statement.

According to court records, between July 2019 and September 2019, the defendants and others engaged in a narcotics conspiracy that operated primarily in municipalities throughout Burlington County – including Willingboro, Burlington City, Burlington Township, Bordentown Township, and Edgewater Park – and which sought to profit from the distribution of cocaine and crack cocaine.

“Law enforcement officials learned that defendants obtained regular supplies of cocaine from co-conspirators in the Philadelphia area and elsewhere and then redistributed that cocaine, portions of which defendants converted into crack cocaine, for profit, to other conspirators, distributors, sub-dealers, and end users throughout Burlington County and elsewhere,” U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger said in a statement. “Law enforcement officials intercepted numerous communications by and between the conspirators regarding such issues as cocaine and crack cocaine quality and availability, pricing, packaging, quantity, and customer satisfaction.The counts to which Mays pleaded guilty each carry a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of a life in prison, and up to a $10 million fine. The count to which Thipgen pleaded guilty carries a mandatory penalty of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and up to a $5 million fine. Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for July 20, 2022.”