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Caught "Red-Handed" the Gloucester City Drug Gang Members Continue to Plea Guilty


CAMDEN CITY, N.J.(Sept. 29, 2020)- – A Gloucester City, New Jersey, man today admitted conspiring to distribute oxycodone pills and selling Xanax pills, making him

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the fifth person to plead guilty for his role in a drug trafficking ring operating in and around Gloucester City and Camden, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced today.

Eighteen suspects were arrested and charged back in March. Since then the court has accepted the pleas of four others. 

Marcus Rushworth, 47, of Gloucester City, pleaded guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb to an information charging him with conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute oxycodone and distributing a quantity of Xanax. 

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

Rushworth admitted that on multiple occasions from January 2020 to March 2020, he worked with Rocco DePoder to sell oxycodone and Xanax to customers in and around Gloucester City. Rushworth also obtained a quantity of Xanax from DePoder on Feb. 17, 2020, in order to sell to a drug customer. Rushworth was charged along with 17 others in March 2020 in connection with an investigation by the FBI into the illegal distribution of prescription drugs, including high dosage oxycodone pills, to customers in Gloucester City and Camden.    

The drug conspiracy charge carries a potential penalty of 20 years in prison and the distribution charge carries a potential penalty of five years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 5, 2021.

Four other defendants – Kenneth Rushworth, 59, of Gloucester City, a relative of Marcus Rushworth, Wayne Muse, 74, of Lindenwold, New Jersey, Robert Pratt, 57, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, formerly of Blackwood, New Jersey, and Steven Walker, 47, of Camden – previously pleaded guilty before Judge Bumb to informations charging them with drug trafficking offenses involving the distribution of prescription drugs. 

The charges and allegations contained in the complaints are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Suspect              Age           Residence

Erik Bell aka E.,   49              Camden City 

Alfred Kee Jr.      51               Blackwood

Stephen Walker  41               Camden City ....PLEAD GUILTY EARLIER

Wm. Summers   67                 Camden City

Derrick Lewis      47                Camden City

Rocco DePoder    67                 Gloucester City

Maurice William   39                 Mt. Ephraim

Anwar Abuddah  31                 Pennsauken

Antwan Tucker    50                 Woodbury 

Lolita Paynter      55                 Camden City

Neal Thompson   56                    Camden City 

Marcus Rushworth  46               Gloucester City .... PLEAD GUILTY TODAY

Robert Pratt          56                Blackwood ....PLEAD GUILTY EARLIER

Wayne Muse         73                 Lindenwold ....PLEAD GUILTY EARLIER

Kenneth Rushworth 59              Gloucester City ...   PLEAD GUILTY EARLIER

Alexander Siaca  54                  Camden City 

Holly Clark         38                   West Deptford

Michael DePoder 40                  Gloucester City

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of FBI Philadelphia Division, South Jersey Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Driscoll; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of the Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Scott J. Lampert; the Camden County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gilbert L. Wilson; the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, under the direction of Director Jared M. Maples; the Camden County Police Department, under the direction of Chief Joseph Wysocki; and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bethanne M. Dinkins, with the investigation leading to the charges.