CAMDEN, N.J.– A federal grand jury today individually prosecuted a Camden man and woman for selling oxycodone pills as part of their roles in South Jersey high-dosage oxycodone trafficking rings, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig revealed.
Maurice Williams, 40, of Mount Ephraim, New Jersey, was charged in a five-count indictment with conspiring to disperse and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone, distributing and possessing with intent to distribute quantities of oxycodone, and trying to do the exact same, and using a communications facility to advance a drug trafficking criminal activity. Lolita Paynter, 56, of Camden, was independently charged in a four-count indictment with conspiring to disperse and have with intent to distribute oxycodone and distributing and possessing with intent to disperse amounts of oxycodone and trying to do the exact same. Williams and Paynter were formerly charged by criminal problem in March 2020. They will be arraigned on dates to be determined.
According to files submitted in this case and statements made in court:
In early 2020, the FBI led a wiretap investigation into drug distribution operations that dealt in, among other drugs, high-dose, 60- and 80-mg oxycodone tablets. Intercepted phone conversation revealed that on numerous celebrations from January 2020 to March 10, 2020, Williams went over getting redistribution quantities of oxycodone from Erick Bell in and around Camden, and monitoring validated their meeting. These included discussions of purchases by Williams from Bell of, on Feb. 3, 2020, 100 80 mg. oxycodone tablets, and, on Feb. 18, 2020, 100 60 mg. oxycodone pills. Bell and Williams employed coded language and used multiple phones to conceal their activities. The examination also exposed that on multiple occasions Paynter provided amounts of oxycodone to Rocco DePoder on dates from January 2020 to March 10, 2020. Intercepted calls and surveillance showed that DePoder was frequently reselling oxycodone pills to consumers in and around Gloucester City, New Jersey.
Oxycodone is a Schedule II illegal drug, meaning that it has a high capacity for abuse, a presently accepted medical usage with severe constraints, and abuse of the drug might lead to serious psychological or physical dependence.
The conspiracy and circulation and ownership with intent to distribute charges versus Williams and Paynter each carry maximum jail terms of 20 years and optimum fines of $1 million. Using an interaction center charges against Williams each bring a maximum jail term of 4 years and an optimum fine of $250,000.
Eleven other accuseds– Rocco DePoder, 68, Marcus Rushworth, 47, and Kenneth Rushworth, 60, all of Gloucester City; Alfred Kee, Jr., 52, of Blackwood, New Jersey; Robert Pratt, 57, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Blackwood; Wayne Muse, 74, of Lindenwold, New Jersey; Bell, 50, Steven Walker, 50, and Alexander Siaca, 55, all of Camden; Antwan Tucker, 51, of Woodbury, New Jersey; and Anwar Abdullah, 32, of Pennsauken, New Jersey– previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court to informations charging them with drug trafficking offenses involving the distribution of prescription drugs. They are all awaiting sentencing.
Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the instructions of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the instructions of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff's Office, under the instructions of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the instructions of Director Jared M. Maples; the Camden County Police Department, under the instructions of Chief Gabriel Rodriguez; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the instructions of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the examination causing the charges.
She also thanked the FBI Newark Division, New Jersey State Police, Camden County Prosecutor's Office, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their support.
The federal government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gabriel J. Vidoni of the Office's Camden office and Sara F. Merin of the Newark Office.
The charges and allegations included in the indictments are merely accusations, and the offenders are presumed innocent unless and till tested guilty.