United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey

10/22/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/22/2018 16:30

California Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Role In Cross-Country Conspiracy To Distribute More Than Five Kilograms Of Cocaine

NEWARK, N.J. - A Riverside, California, man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to transport more than five kilograms of cocaine from California to New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Edwin Garcia Cambero, 26, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares to an information charging him with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine. Judge Linares imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

Garcia Cambero was originally charged by complaint on Dec. 13, 2017, with Luis Michel Donascimento, 37, of Perris, California, and Humberto Ramos Cervantes, 34, of Los Angeles.

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

On Nov. 29, 2017, Donascimento allegedly flew from California to Atlantic City, New Jersey, and met with a government informant and two undercover federal agents. During the meeting, Donascimento agreed to sell the agents 20 kilograms of cocaine, as well as 10 AR-15 semiautomatic rifles.

On Dec. 12, 2017, Donascimento allegedly met with the agents at a hotel in California and delivered them 10 AR-15 rifles as promised. Garcia Cambero also attempted to deliver approximately five kilograms of cocaine to the agents, which he had received from Ramos Cervantes earlier that day at his residence.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Linares sentenced Garcia Cambero to five years of supervised release.

The charges and allegations against Donascimento are merely accusations, and he is presume innocent unless and until proven guilty. Cervantes previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gregory W. Ehrie in Newark, and the FBI Riverside, California, Resident Agency, under the direction of Assistant Director in Charge Paul D. Delacourt in Los Angeles, with the investigation leading to today's plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sammi Malek of the U.S. Attorney's Office Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)/Narcotics Unit.

Defense counsel: Henry Klingeman Esq., Newark