Two men from New Jersey have admitted to drug distribution charges and they now both potentially face decades behind bars.

36-year-old Tyrell Wilson, a.k.a. “Hell Rell,” of Rahway, pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base and one count of possession with intent to distribute 280 grams or more of cocaine base, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

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39-year-old Marvin Lagrier, a.k.a. “Black Jesus,” of Newark, pleaded guilty last month to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl. Authorities say Lagrier was a Newark Housing Authority employee at the time of his arrest.

According to Honig's office,

On Sept. 19, 2019, law enforcement officers approached an apartment in Essex County, New Jersey, to execute a court-authorized search warrant. Wilson and Lagrier exited the apartment and attempted to flee the area but were apprehended and placed under arrest. Upon searching the apartment, as well as Wilson’s vehicle and a backpack that Wilson discarded while fleeing, law enforcement officers recovered a large amount of cocaine base, heroin, and fentanyl as well as many items of drug paraphernalia for packaging narcotics.

At the scene, cops also recovered a gun, several cell phones, and several Newark Housing Authority uniforms bearing the name tag, "Marvin," which matched the uniform that Lagrier wore when he was arrested.

The cocaine base conspiracy count to which Wilson pleaded guilty could land him behind bars for life with a fine of up to $10 million. The fentanyl possession count to which Lagrier pleaded guilty carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison and up to a $5 million fine.

Lagrier is scheduled to be sentenced in December and Wilson next January.

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