TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Camden drug dealer pleaded guilty today to first-degree racketeering, admitting that he sold an assault rifle and heroin to an undercover investigator.
Reynel “Mito” Delvalle, 35, of Camden, pleaded guilty to first-degree racketeering before Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden. In pleading guilty, Delvalle admitted that he distributed large quantities of heroin in Camden, supplying heroin to a number of dealers who worked under him. He further admitted that, in May 2010, he sold an M-1 assault rifle and approximately 150 grams of heroin to an undercover officer.
Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that Delvalle be sentenced to 14 years in state prison, including nearly 12 years of parole ineligibility under the No Early Release Act. Deputy Attorney General Kristen Harberg took the guilty plea for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Delvalle is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 25.
Delvalle was one of 28 defendants indicted a year ago by the Division of Criminal Justice in Operation Jumpstart, a cooperative investigation conducted by the New Jersey State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other members of the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Joint Camden Task Force.
“Drugs and guns are the twin engines driving violent crime in Camden, and this defendant was trafficking both,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “This guilty plea will ensure that he will remain behind bars for many years. We’ll continue to conduct these multi-agency investigations to take down the drug dealers bringing violence and fear into Camden’s neighborhoods.”
“Through the outstanding work of all of our law enforcement partners in Operation Jumpstart, we built a strong racketeering case against Delvalle and his co-defendants,” said Director Stephen J. Taylor of the Division of Criminal Justice. “We are moving forward with our prosecutions of the remaining defendants in this indictment.”
Operation Jumpstart was conducted by the New Jersey State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, New Jersey Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, Division of Criminal Justice, and other members of the HIDTA Joint Camden Task Force, including the Camden City Police Department, Camden County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Cherry Hill Police Department, Evesham Police Department, Woodbury Police Department and Air National Guard.