Illinois man sentenced to 37 months in prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine and heroin


Date: October 5, 2020


Newark, N.J. — An Illinois man was sentenced today to 37 months in prison for conspiring to transport heroin and cocaine to New Jersey.

Daniel Gonzalez Maldonado of Carpentersville, Illinois, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence today by videoconference.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 6, 2019, a conspirator paid Maldonado approximately $1,000 to drive the conspirator and a quantity of narcotics from Illinois to the East Coast. Maldonado allowed the conspirator to store approximately one kilogram of cocaine and approximately two kilograms of heroin in a Norristown, Pennsylvania, hotel room that was reserved in Maldonado's name. The investigation revealed that at least one of these kilograms of narcotics would have been distributed in New Jersey.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Wigenton sentenced Maldonado to two years of supervised release.

The arrest was the result of an investigation by the New York Strike Force, a crime-fighting unit comprising federal, state and local law enforcement agencies supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.

The Strike Force is housed at the DEA's New York Division and includes agents and officers of the U. S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation; the DEA; the New York City Police Department; the New York State Police; Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Secret Service; the U.S. Marshals Service; New York National Guard; the Clarkstown Police Department; U.S. Coast Guard; Port Washington Police Department; and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force/Narcotics Unit in Newark.