Heroin Trafficker from North Jersey Receives 18-Year Sentence

Mocobizscene-  In a major effort to combat drug trafficking in Essex County, a 42-year-old Newark resident named Furad Loyal has been sentenced to 210 months in prison for his role in a heroin distribution network. U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced the sentencing on February 21, 2024, signifying a significant milestone in the ongoing battle against drug-related offenses in the area.

On May 9, 2023, U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton convicted Loyal for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Although he was cleared of a charge related to using a firearm for drug trafficking, the conviction highlights his significant participation in the narcotics trade.

Loyal, a prominent figure within the New Community Corporation community development in Newark, was apprehended for his involvement in a drug trafficking organization. This notorious group, known for its widespread narcotics distribution in the Hayes Street and 14th Avenue area, relied heavily on Loyal as their primary heroin supplier. On November 21, 2017, law enforcement arrested Loyal in an apartment where they found a significant amount of heroin, a firearm, and a substantial sum of cash, underscoring his pivotal position within the operation.

In 2018, Loyal and 27 other individuals were charged in connection with their involvement in a heroin and cocaine distribution network. The fact that the other defendants pleaded guilty collectively highlights the widespread operations of this drug trafficking organization.

Judge Wigenton has sentenced Loyal to a five-year term of supervised release, which highlights the gravity of his crimes. The combined efforts of the FBI, Newark Department of Public Safety, and various federal, state, and local agencies under the Violent Crime Initiative (VCI) contributed to the successful resolution of this case. The VCI, initiated in August 2017, is focused on combating violent crime in Newark and its neighboring areas, showcasing the dedication of multiple agencies to safeguarding the community.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elaine K. Lou and Christopher D. Amore, representing the government, have been instrumental in ensuring this sentencing. Their hard work, along with the collaborative efforts of law enforcement and judicial entities involved, highlight a strong response to the distribution of narcotics and the prevalence of violent crime in Essex County.

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