STATE v. NAHOMI COLLAZO
On May 28, 2019, after a trial of several weeks, a Cumberland County Jury returned guilty verdicts against Defendants Anthony Figueroa and Nahomi Collazo.
On October 18, 2019 Nahomi Collazo, age 37, of Vineland, New Jersey was sentenced to an aggregate sentence of 10 years New Jersey State Prison with a period of 3 ½ years parole ineligibility by the Honorable Cristen P. D’Arrigo, J.S.C. Collazo received: 1) 5 years with a 3 ½ year period of parole ineligibility for second degree possession of a firearm during a drug offense.; and 2) A consecutive term of 5 years for second degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine or heroin.
Collazo was convicted on three additional counts charging conspiracy and possession of cocaine, heroin and marijuana. These convictions resulted in merged sentences.
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. Collazo and her co-defendant Anthony Figueroa 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 revolver and approximately $13,000 in currency.
Defendants Nahomi Collazo and Anthony Figueroa 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 alleged major heroin, cocaine and marijuana drug trafficking organizations. 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.
The State of New Jersey was represented at the trial and the sentencing of Defendant Nahomi Collazo by First Assistant Prosecutor Harold B. Shapiro, Assistant Prosecutor Shari-Ann Sasu and Assistant Prosecutor Holly Fanelle. Defendant Anthony Figueroa was represented by Al Wheeler, Esquire.
Cumberland County Prosecutor
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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