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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Philip R. Sellinger
, United States Attorney

Passaic County Man Admits Distributing Fentanyl That Led to Overdose Death

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man today admitted distributing fentanyl that caused the death of another person, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Wyzier Peterson, 25, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Brian R. Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of distribution of fentanyl relating to the overdose death of an individual.

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

On June 30, 2019, Peterson sold heroin and fentanyl, which was later ingested by the victim, resulting in the victim’s death.

The count of distribution of fentanyl carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 29, 2023.

This case 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

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents and task force officers with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Bryan R. Miller; special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson in Newark; officers of the N.J. State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; officers of the Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Director Jerry Speziale and Police Chief Ibrahim Baycora; and detectives of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea. She also thanked the U.S. Marshals Service, the Bergen County Sheriff's Office and the Belleville and Livingston police departments for their assistance with the case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francesca Liquori, Chief of the OCDETF/Narcotics Unit.

Newark Field Division