Texas Man Sentenced to Two Years in Prison for Role in Heroin and Fentanyl Conspiracy | USAO-NJ

TRENTON, N.J. – A Texas man was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for conspiring to distribute heroin, fentanyl and methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Juan Macias Prieto, 53, of El Paso, Texas, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and five grams or more of methamphetamine, and one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, 400 grams or more of fentanyl, and five grams or more of methamphetamine. Judge Thompson imposed the sentence by videoconference today.

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

On Sept. 17, 2019, Macias Prieto conspired with others to distribute narcotics. Macias Prieto, a commercial truck driver, transported approximately 21 kilograms of narcotics into New Jersey with the intent to distribute the narcotics to conspirators. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Macias Prieto to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan in New York, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. 

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori, of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit.

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