A Guyanese man was on Tuesday arraigned on drug conspiracy charges, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.
Dennis Edwards, also known as ‘Death,’ 38, was charged in an indictment returned in 2012 with conspiring to import five kilograms or more of cocaine from St. Maarten into the United States.
According to the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Office, District of New Jersey, Edwards was hauled before U.S. Magistrate Judge Edward S. Kiel in Newark federal court and was detained without bail.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, Edwards was part of a criminal conspiracy that arranged to import cocaine into the United States.
Edwards was arrested on November 14, 2022, when he arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport after being deported from the Dominican Republic.
The conspiracy charge against Edwards carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, and a maximum fine of $10 million.
U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Ricky J. Patel, and deputies of the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of U.S. Marshal Juan Mattos Jr., with the investigation leading to the charges.
The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided substantial assistance securing Edwards’ arrest. U.S. Attorney Sellinger thanked officials in the Dominican Republic for their assistance.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachelle M. Navarro of the General Crimes Unit in Newark.
The charge and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.