Belleville man admits to possessing kilo-plus of fentanyl, US Att’y says

An Essex County man and a Hudson County man admitted possessing with intent to distribute over a kilogram of fentanyl, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Coco Latre, 32, of Belleville, pleaded guilty Dec. 6 before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of fentanyl. Bryant Agurto, 33, of Hoboken, pleaded guilty by videoconference before McNulty on Nov. 10, 2021, to an information that charged him with possession with intent to distribute over one kilogram of fentanyl.

According to documents filed in the case and statements made in court:

On March 5, 2021, Agurto travelled from Hoboken to Latre’s residence in Belleville to retrieve fentanyl that had been packaged by Latre. After Agurto left Latre’s residence, law enforcement officers conducted a motor vehicle stop of Agurto’s car and found the package of fentanyl.

Shortly thereafter, law enforcement officers searched Latre’s residence and recovered more fentanyl, seizing a total of 1.6 kilograms of fentanyl from the car and residence.

The offense to which Agurto and Latre pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $10 million.

Sentencing for Latre is scheduled for April 12, 2022.

Sentencing for Agurto is scheduled for March 23, 2022.

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