Three Trenton, NJ men will spend years behind bars for selling heroin and fentanyl throughout Lower Bucks County.
Cornelius Bell, 29, told authorities he led the group in their pursuit to distribute the addictive, and potentially fatal, drugs. He will spend up to 30 years behind bars, with a minimum sentence of nine and a half years.
Investigators spent months looking into the case before making their final move, according to the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office.
On several occasions, undercover agents purchased drug bags labeled “Tom Brady.” Finally, detectives made their move in Nov., 2018. In one day, they seized 2,500 baggies of heroin in Trenton.
“But for the hard and collaborative work of these police agencies, these defendants might still be flooding our streets with poison. Our communities are made safer every day by the extraordinary work of these outstanding police agencies,” said Deputy District Attorney Thomas C. Gannon. “It is my hope these sentences will serve as a warning to the would-be dealers who dare to take the place of these defendants.”
Jalmed Marks and Aaron Gyampo both also pleaded guilty. Marks will spend between seven and 20 years in state prison. Gyampo admitted his guilt last August and will face two to six years behind bars.
Investigators say the men conducted their operation in Trenton, then sold to users in Lower Bucks. They trafficked between 500 to 1,000 baggies of heroin per day.
Several departments throughout the region coordinated to investigate the case, including:
- the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force,
- the Bristol Township Police Department,
- the Falls Township Police Department,
- the Middletown Township Police Department,
- the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force,
- the Pennsylvania State Police,
- the Philadelphia Police Department’s aviation unit.