Two Jersey City men who authorities say trafficked drugs into a prison and caused an inmate's overdose were each charged with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute, the U.S. Attorney's office said Thursday.
Noel "Kuko" Salgado, 39, and 38-year-old Rodgerick "Boo" Garrett are scheduled to appear in court Sept. 30
Authorities say Salgado heads up the "Loyal Hoody Gang," a local set of the Neighborhood Rolling 20 Bloods, a street gang with affiliates across the country. Salgado allegedly ran a drug smuggling operation while locked up in Bayside State Prison.
On Oct. 17, 2015, Salgado called Garrett to arrange for heroin and fentanyl to be smuggled into the prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Garrett and a third person who was not identified brought the drugs to Salgado the following day. Salgado provided those drugs to an inmate who overdosed but was revived.
The charge of distribution and possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, which resulted in serious bodily injury, carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a $1 million fine. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison.
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