A Jersey City man was charged for his role in a drug ring after authorities seized two-and-a-half kilograms of cocaine and $30,000 in cash, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Rayfeal Roman, 34, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, Carpenito said.
According to court documents, Roman admitted that from September 2017 through February 7, 2018, he conspired with others to distribute cocaine.
Roman also admitted that in February 2018 he spoke on the telephone with a conspirator and agreed to sell that person one kilogram of cocaine for $29,500, officials said.
Law enforcement officials intercepted these conversations using a court order to intercept wire and electronic communications on Roman’s cellular phone, authorities said.
On February 7, before Roman and the conspirator could complete the cocaine sale, law enforcement officers obtained and executed a search warrant for Roman’s apartment in Jersey City, police said.
Officials said they found approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, approximately $30,000 in cash, and various other materials commonly associated with drug distribution, such as an electronic money-counting machine, a digital scale, and drug-packaging materials.
The distribution conspiracy charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.
Roman’s sentencing is scheduled for December 20th.