Jersey City woman gets 11 years for role in sneaking fentanyl into jail leading to overdose

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A Jersey City woman has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for her role in sneaking fentanyl into a correctional facility, which led to an inmate overdosing, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jasmir Humphrey, also known as “Jasmir Jackson,” 31, previously pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl, Carpenito said in a statement.

U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti imposed the sentence of 135 months in prison today in Newark federal court.

Noel Salgado, also known as “Kuko,” who is the leader of the “Loyal Hoody Gang” subset of the Neighborhood Rolling 20 Bloods, a nationwide street gang, was previously incarcerated as an inmate at Bayside State Prison.

While incarcerated, Salgado directed Humphrey, gang members, and associates to provide narcotics proceeds to him and his associates and to smuggle narcotics and other contraband into the prison in order to distribute to other inmates.

In particular, on October 17, 2015, Salgado called Rodgerick Garrett, also known as “Fif” and/or “Boo,” from prison to arrange for the purchase and smuggling into the prison of heroin and fentanyl.

Humphrey picked up the narcotics from Garrett and smuggled them to Salgado on October 18, 2015.

The following day, an inmate of Bayside State Prison, to whom Salgado had distributed the narcotics, was found unresponsive in his cell suffering from a drug overdose.

Despite rescue breathing efforts, the inmate remained unconscious for approximately 20 minutes. The inmate only regained consciousness after medical personnel administered an opiate antidote to revive the inmate.

The inmate was hospitalized for two days following his overdose. Law enforcement’s investigation revealed that Humphrey had smuggled in drugs for Salgado on prior occasions.

Charges against Salgado and Garrett are still pending, and they are both presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

In addition to the prison term, Martinotti sentenced Humphrey to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents with the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and investigators with the N.J. Department of Corrections, Special Investigations Division, under the direction of Commissioner Marcus O. Hicks, with the investigation leading to the charges resulting in today’s sentencing.

He also thanked the Jersey City Police Department and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

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