Philadelphia man admits drug trafficking conspiracy involving over 100 kilograms of cocaine | USAO-NJ
CAMDEN, NJ – A Philadelphia man today admitted to conspiring to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine as part of a drug trafficking organization operating in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, the U.S. Attorney announced. Philip R. Sellinger.
Iran Soler, 43, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Christine P. O’Hearn in federal court in Camden to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more cocaine.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Soler and his conspirators traveled to San Juan, Puerto Rico, on commercial flights from Philadelphia International Airport numerous times between March 2019 and August 2020. They purchased multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine from suppliers of wholesale drug based in the San Juan area in exchange for Cash Payment. Soler and the conspirators then shipped the kilograms of cocaine by overnight delivery from U.S. post offices in San Juan to various addresses in Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, where a conspirator, Jose Gonzalez, resold the cocaine to d other drug dealers in the Philadelphia area for a profit. Soler and the other conspirators purchased and shipped over 100 kilograms of cocaine to Philadelphia and southern New Jersey between March 2019 and August 2020.
The drug trafficking conspiracy charge carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison, a maximum potential sentence of life in prison and a maximum fine of $10 million. Soler is scheduled to be sentenced on February 6, 2023.
Gonzalez previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 30, 2023.
US Attorney Sellinger credited postal inspectors of the United States Postal Inspection Service, Philadelphia Division, under Acting Inspector in Charge Raimundo Marrero; US Postal Service Officers, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region Field Office, under Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi; special agents from the FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency, under Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; FBI special agents, under Special Agent in Charge Jacqueline Maguire in Philadelphia; soldiers assigned to the New Jersey State Police’s Southern Strategic Investigations Unit, under Col. Patrick J. Callahan; and officers and detectives from the Philadelphia Police Department, under the direction of Police Commissioner Daniel Outlaw, the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patrick C. Askin of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.