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Camden Man Receives 140-Month Prison Term for Role as Supervisor in Drug Trafficking Organization

Christopher Vasquez, 32, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, and unspecified quantities of cocaine and fentanyl.

On January 12, 2023, a Camden man was sentenced to 140 months in prison for his role as a shift supervisor of a drug trafficking organization and conspiring to distribute heroin, cocaine, and crack in the city of Camden, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Christopher Vasquez, 32, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, more than 280 grams of crack cocaine, and unspecified quantities of cocaine and fentanyl.

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

Vazquez admitted that he was a “shift manager” in a drug-trafficking organization operating in the 400-500 block of Pine Street in Camden, supervising and directing the street-level sellers who were involved in distributing controlled substances to customers.

From January 2018 to Nov. 28, 2018, he met with conspirators who were involved in the scheme and discussed the operations and management of the drug trafficking organization. He also provided drugs to street-level sellers.

All 19 of the charged defendants have previously entered guilty pleas on drug conspiracy charges before Judge Bumb.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Bumb sentenced Vazquez to seven years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Gabe Rodriguez; the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay; the Camden County Sherriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the Cherry Hill Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Larry Robb; and the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty pleas. He also thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Department of Homeland Security for their assistance.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), which identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach.

Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sara A. Aliabadi and Patrick C. Askin of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.