New Jersey man who had 100 pounds of meth mailed to him is sentenced to federal prison

CAMDEN, N.J. – 5/16/24 – A Camden County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 171 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Michael Venditti, 39, of Camden, previously pleaded guilty before Senior U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler to an information charging him with conspiring to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Judge Kugler imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

From March 2021 through September 2021, Venditti coordinated an operation by which he received U.S. Postal Service Parcels collectively containing more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine. Venditti distributed the methamphetamine he received to others. On Sept. 20, 2021, Venditti and his conspirators were encountered at a residence in Camden. When law enforcement searched the residence, they seized approximately eight pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $29,000 in U.S. currency, scales, and other drug paraphernalia.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kugler sentenced Venditti to five years of supervised release and ordered him to forfeit $29,433.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited troopers assigned to the New Jersey State Police Strategic Investigations Unit South, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; postal inspectors of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Philadelphia Division, under the direction of Acting Inspector in Charge Christopher A. Nielsen; special agents of the FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James E. Dennehy in Newark; agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Northeast Area Field Office, under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Matthew Modafferi; and special agents of Homeland Security Investigations Newark, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge William S. Walker, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

This effort is part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) operation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at https://www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

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