HEAD OF NEW JERSEY STREET GANG AND CO-CONSPIRATOR CHARGED WITH THE DISTRIBUTION OF HEROIN AND FENTANYL IN PRISON, CAUSING NEAR FATAL OVERDOSE OF INMATE.
Salgado and Garrett ran an operation which involved the smuggling and distribution of heroin and fentanyl into a New Jersey State prison, drugs which resulted in the near fatal overdose of one of the inmates.
Two men suspected to have been trafficking drugs into a New Jersey State Prison have been charged for their involvement in the crime which has led to an inmate of the facility overdosing on fentanyl.
Both men, residents of Hudson County have been indicted with separate counts of Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl, as well as Distribution and Possession with intent to Distribute Heroin and Fentanyl resulting in serious bodily injury to a person as announced by U.S Attorney Craig Carpenito on Thursday.
Leader, 39-year-old Noel Salgado, nicknamed “Kuko” is alleged to be head of the “Loyal Hoody Gang”, affiliated to Neighbourhood Rolling 20 bloods, a street gang recognised nationwide. While serving time for a previous offence at the Bay State Prison, Salgado coerced and connived with other gang members and partner Rodgerick Garrett (38) to smuggle heroin, fentanyl as well as other controlled substances which he later distributed to other inmantes, and illegal proceeds made from drug sales into the prison.
On the 17th of October, 2015, one of his customers overdosed on fentanyl. Officers say the unnamed inmate lost consciousness and was only revived after medics gave him an opiate antidote. He was hospitalised for an extra two days after the near fatal overdose.
This case, from investigations down to law enforcement, as described by Attorney Carpenito was facilitated by the FBI, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the U.S Attorney’s Office in Newark.
If convicted, Salgado and Garrett could face a mandatory minimum and maximum of 20 years to life and a $1 million USD fine for the drug charge, as well as maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for the conspiracy charge.