NEWARK, N.J. – A Dominican man admitted today that he participated in a conspiracy to transport more than 100 grams of heroin from New York to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Bienvenido Perez Lazala, 31, of the Dominican Republic, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In January 2018, a Mexican narcotics trafficker provided another individual with Lazala’s name and identified Lazala as someone who could assist in establishing narcotics sales in New Jersey. Lazala was contacted and agreed to obtain heroin to sell in New Jersey.
On or about February 5, 2018, following a series of intercepted calls, Lazala obtained 955.9 grams of heroin in Haverstraw, New York for purposes of transporting it back to New Jersey. Lazala then sold the heroin to another individual, who unbeknownst to Lazala was a law enforcement officer.
The conspiracy charge to which Lazala pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for November 4, 2019.
Lazala has been in custody since his arrest in New York on February 5, 2018.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Brian Michael, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ari Fontecchio of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Unit.
Defense counsel: David Holman Esq., Newark, New Jersey