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Inmate convicted of trafficking heroin, fentanyl in N.J. prison

NJ.com logo NJ.com 10/27/2021 Anthony G. Attrino, nj.com

A 41-year-old New Jersey man and reputed gang leader was convicted Tuesday for his role in trafficking drugs while serving a sentence in a state prison in Cumberland County, authorities said.

Noel Salgado, aka “Kuko,” of Jersey City, was convicted of conspiracy to possess and distribute heroin and fentanyl, resulting in serious bodily injury, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig.

Salgado was convicted after a four-day jury trial in U.S. District Court in Newark held before federal Judge William J. Martini, Honig said in a statement.

The jury was unable to reach a decision as to whether a co-defendant, Rodgerick Garrett, acted as a co-conspirator. Garrett had been indicted on charges of conspiracy, and distribution and possession with intent to distribute.

“While incarcerated at Bayside State Prison, Salgado directed associates to provide narcotics proceeds to him and his associates and to smuggle narcotics into prison to distribute to other inmates,” Honig said.

On Oct. 17, 2015, Salgado arranged for drugs to be smuggled into the in prison, located in Leesburg, where he distributed some of the narcotics to another inmate, Honig said.

The following day, the inmate “was found unresponsive in his cell suffering from a drug overdose,” Honig said.

The inmate stopped breathing and was unconscious for about 20 minutes before medical workers revived him with Narcan, Honig said. The inmate was hospitalized for two days, Honig said.

Salgado faces 20 years to life in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced.

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Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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