05/28/2019 – STATE v. ANTHONY FIGUEROA & NAHOMI COLLAZO: GUILTY BY JURY VERDICT

          On May 28, 2019, after a trial of several weeks, a Cumberland County Jury returned guilty verdicts against: 

           Anthony Figueroa, Age 29 of Vineland, New Jersey (photo attached) and Nahomi Collazo, Age 37 of Vineland, New Jersey (photo attached).

           With respect to Defendant Anthony Figueroa, he was found guilty on all counts charged, specifically:

  1. Second degree conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute cocaine or heroin in an amount of one-half ounce or more.
  2. Third degree conspiracy to distribute or possess with intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity of one ounce or more.
  3. Third degree conspiracy to possess cocaine or heroin.
  4. Fourth degree conspiracy to possess marijuana in an amount of fifty grams or more.
  5. Second degree possession with the intent to distribute cocaine or heroin in an amount of one-half ounce or more.
  6. Third degree possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in a quantity of one-half ounce or more.
  7. Third degree possession of cocaine or heroin.
  8. Fourth degree possession of marijuana in an amount of fifty grams or more.
  9. Second degree possession of a weapon while committing, attempting to commit or conspiring to commit the crime of distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, specifically a .357 Magnum caliber Luger revolver.
  10. Second degree possession of a weapon by a previously convicted person.

           With respect to Defendant Nahomi Collazo, she was found guilty on all counts charged, specifically:

  1. Second degree possession with the intent to distribute cocaine or heroin in an amount of one-half ounce or more.
  2. Third degree possession with the intent to distribute marijuana in an amount of one ounce or more.
  3. Third degree possession of cocaine or heroin.
  4. Fourth degree possession of marijuana in an amount of fifty grams or more.
  5. Second degree possession of a weapon while committing or attempting to commit the crime of distributing or possessing with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance, specifically a .357 Magnum caliber Luger revolver.

           The evidence produced at trial included the results of the February 5, 2016 lawful search of a residence on the 700 block of Wood Street, Vineland.  Figueroa and Collazo were present at the residence.  The evidence established that Figueroa and Collazo were in possession of 1.36 ounces of cocaine, 1.31 ounces of heroin, 3.34 ounces of marijuana, a .357 magnum and approximately $13,000 in currency.

            These Defendants, Anthony Figueroa and Nahomi Collazo, were among approximately thirty-eight individuals arrested and charged in Cumberland County in February 2016 as the result of an investigation by the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office Organized Crime Bureau, along with cooperating  federal, state and local agencies, into an alleged major heroin and cocaine drug trafficking organization.  In February 2016 substantial quantities of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and marijuana were seized from different locations, along with the seizure of numerous weapons and approximately $70,000 in currency.  The Prosecutor’s Office investigation was supervised by Lt. Steven O’Neill and Lt. Michael Donato.  Det. Ryan Breslin acted as the case agent. 

            In addition to Anthony Figueroa and Nahomi Collazo, who were found guilty by a jury on May 28th, numerous defendants have previously pled guilty to narcotics offenses.  The following defendants have pled not guilty and remain pending trial: William Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Carlos Thomas, Rysheem Cradle, Geneva Powers and Rasheem Roberts. 

            Sentencing of Defendants Anthony Figueroa and Nahomi Collazo is scheduled for July 5, 2019 before the Hon. Cristen P. D’Arrigo, J.S.C.  Defendant Figueroa faces a maximum potential term of imprisonment of 77 years with a maximum period of parole ineligibility of 30 years.  Defendant Collazo faces a maximum potential term of ten years on each of the second degree charges consecutive to each other, and a minimum mandatory period of parole ineligibility of three and one-half years on the second degree weapons charge.

          The State of New Jersey was represented at the trial of Defendants Figueroa and Collazo by First Assistant Prosecutor Harold B. Shapiro, Assistant Prosecutor Shari-Ann Sasu and Assistant Prosecutor Holly Fanelle.  Defendant Anthony Figueroa was represented by Andrew M. Duclair, Esquire and Defendant Nahomi Collazo was represented by Al Wheeler, Esquire.

*If this press release involves the charging, accusation or indictment of a criminal defendant, same is merely an accusation.  The defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.