CAMDEN, N.J. – A Camden County, New Jersey, man with four prior felony convictions today admitted to possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl and to illegally possessing a firearm, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Tyquan Burrell, 30, of Camden, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to two counts of an indictment charging him with possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On Oct. 1, 2020, law enforcement officers executing a search warrant at Burrell’s residence found 2,521 wax folds and three sandwich-sized clear plastic bags containing more than 300 grams of fentanyl, approximately $34,000 in U.S. currency, and a loaded handgun in a bedroom used by Burrell. That same day, Burrell was arrested in Camden County, New Jersey. A search incident to arrest found him to be in possession of 418 wax folds containing fentanyl.
The possession with intent to distribute fentanyl charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million. The charge of illegally possessing a firearm carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2022.
This prosecution is part of the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) in Camden. The Camden VCI was formed in January of 2020 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Camden County Police Department for purpose of combatting violent crime in and around the Camden area. As part of this partnership, federal, state, county, and city agencies collaborate and pool resources to investigate and prosecute violent offenders who endanger the safety of the community. The VCI includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Camden County Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the U.S. Marshals, The U.S. Probation Office, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, the New Jersey State Parole Board, the New Jersey State Police, the Rutgers University Police Department, and the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program.
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; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay; the Gloucester Township Police Department, under the direction of Chief David J. Harkins; the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson; and the Winslow Township Police Department under Chief George M. Smith, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. He also thanked the Camden County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sherriff Gilbert L. “Whip” Wilson; special agents of the ATF, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; and officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, for their assistance with the case.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.