A Cumberland County man has admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and now faces up to life in prison.

41-year-old Joan Benitez of Millville pleaded guilty Monday in Camden federal court to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute at least 50 grams of methamphetamine, according to Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig.

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Honig's office says,

"On numerous occasions between Jan. 22, 2020, and Sept. 9, 2020, Benitez sold crystalized [sic] methamphetamine, also called “ice,” as part of a conspiracy to distribute those drugs. Benitez distributed approximately 1.7 kilograms of “ice” in furtherance of the conspiracy."

The count that Benitez pleaded guilty to is punishable by up to life in prison and a $10 million fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 20th.

Honig credited numerous law enforcement agencies that worked on this case, including the FBI, the New Jersey State Police, the DEA, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office, the Pleasantville Police Department, and the Atlantic City Police Department.

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