Two New Jersey men, including one from Monmouth County, have admitted to their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed large amounts of heroin and cocaine in the Bayshore region of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties, announced U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.

From May 2017 to November 2018, Carpenito said that the defendants and others engaged in a narcotics conspiracy that operated in the Raritan Bayshore region of Middlesex and northern Monmouth Counties.

Through the interception of telephone calls and text messages pursuant to court-authorized wiretap orders, controlled purchases of heroin and cocaine, the use of confidential sources of information, and other investigative techniques, law enforcement learned that Gregory Gillens, 47, of Hillside regularly supplied large quantities of heroin and cocaine for further distribution to codefendants Guy Jackson, Richard Gethers and Deberal Rogers.

Law enforcement also learned that Jackson distributed the narcotics to others, including Tyler Scarangello, 34, of Hazlet.

Members of the conspiracy sold the narcotics to other conspirators, distributors, sub-dealers, and end-users in the Bayshore area.

Some of the heroin distributed by the conspiracy contained fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid.

Gillens plead guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

He also admitted to conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.

Scarangello plead guilty before Judge Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine.

In November 2018, Gillens, Scarangello and 13 others were charged in a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to distribute heroin and cocaine.

Gillens and Scarangello are the sixth and seventh defendants to plead guilty.

The heroin conspiracy count to which Gillens pleaded guilty carries a statutory mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a maximum potential penalty of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million.

The cocaine conspiracy to which Scarangello pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a maximum fine of $1 million.

Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 19, 2020.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elisa T. Wiygul of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense counsel:

Gillens: Thomas R. Ashley Esq., Newark.
Scarangello: John M. Holliday Esq., Trenton.

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