Essex County Member of Newark Drug Trafficking Organization Responsible for Distribution of Over 1 Kilogram of Heroin Sentenced to 210 Months in Prison

NEWARK, N.J. – An Essex County, New Jersey, man was sentenced to 210 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute over one kilogram of heroin, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Selling announced today.

Furad Loyal, 42, of Newark, was convicted at trial on May 9, 2023, before U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton on three counts of the indictment against him: conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was acquitted on one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Judge Wigenton imposed the sentence on Feb. 21, 2024, in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

Loyal was a heroin supplier and a member of a drug trafficking organization (DTO) that operated in and around Hayes Street and 14th Avenue in the area of the New Community Corporation community development (NCC) in Newark. In addition to selling narcotics in and around NCC, the members shared narcotics supply, narcotics proceeds, and customers. On Nov. 21, 2017, Loyal was found inside the apartment of an NCC resident where he was stashing his heroin, his firearm, and over $11,000 in cash.

From March to August 2018, Loyal and 27 other members of the DTO were charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine base; Loyal also was charged with firearms offenses. The other 27 defendants have all since pleaded guilty to crimes in connection with their roles in the DTO.

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