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Former inmate admits to role in drug smuggling at NJ Fort Dix federal prison – NBC10 Philadelphia

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  • Another former inmate at a federal prison in New Jersey has admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates into the facility. .
  • Johansel Moronta, 29, of Linden, on Monday pleaded guilty to possession and taking contraband while in prison and violating a federal pardon.
  • He faces more than a year in prison when he is sentenced on February 10.

Another former inmate at a federal prison in New Jersey has admitted his role in a scheme to use drones to smuggle drugs and other contraband to inmates into the facility. .

Johansel Moronta, 29, of Linden, on Monday pleaded guilty to possession and taking contraband while in prison and violating a federal pardon. He faces more than a year in prison when he is sentenced on February 10.

Moronta is one of four men charged in a conspiracy to smuggle items into the Fort Dix prison. Another defendant pleaded guilty last year and charges are pending against the other two.

Moronta, an inmate at Fort Dix from April 2018 to March 2019, was involved in multiple drone deliveries of contraband into the facility while he was being held there and helped sold the items to inmates for a profit, federal prosecutors said.

The packages he helped smuggle contained cell phones and related accessories, cigarettes, weight loss supplements, eyeglasses and more. Moronta also helps coordinate inmate orders for specific items and assists with collection of payments.

Prosecutors said the masterminds took various steps to prevent prison officials from detecting and stopping the contraband. They planned to drop the drones late in the evening or overnight when the drones were less likely to be seen. The drones were flown from hidden locations in the woods around the prison, and their lights were covered with ice to make it harder for prison officials to spot the drones.

https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/national-international/ex-inmate-admits-role-in-nj-federal-prison-drug-smuggling-drone-scheme/3104837/ Former inmate admits to role in drug smuggling at NJ Fort Dix federal prison – NBC10 Philadelphia

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