CAMDEN, N.J. – Two Camden, New Jersey, men were sentenced to prison today for their roles in a conspiracy to rob a drug stash house of multiple kilograms of cocaine that they believed would be stored at the location, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Cordero Hodge, 25, and Jameel Pierce, 25, were sentenced to 160 and 140 months in prison, respectively. Hodge and Pierce previously pleaded guilty in May 2016 to separate superseding informations charging them each with one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine, and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle imposed both sentences today in Camden federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
In October 2013, Hodge and Pierce planned a gunpoint robbery of a drug stash house in order to steal multiple kilograms of cocaine from drug dealers at the location.
During the investigation – which led to the recovery of a sawed-off shotgun from Pierce and a .40 caliber firearm from Hodge – Pierce was recorded saying that he and Hodge would “off them,” referring to killing the occupants of the stash house. Hodge was recorded seeking a silencer for his firearm, saying that he could use a potato, but that it would not silence a .40 caliber firearm.
Special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) arrested Hodge and Pierce when they arrived at a meeting location in Maple Shade, New Jersey, on Oct. 18, 2013.
A subsequent ballistics comparison linked the same .40 caliber firearm recovered on Oct. 18, 2013 to evidence recovered from the scene of the Aug. 25, 2013 murder of Surinder Singh, who worked as an attendant at Garden State Fuel gas station in Woodbury, New Jersey.
In addition to the prison terms, Judge Simandle sentenced Pierce and Hodge to five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the ATF Camden Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George P. Belsky in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentences. He also thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Maple Shade Field Office, as well as the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cherry Hill Police Department, and the Maple Shade Police Department.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin C. Danilewitz of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.