A Dover New Jersey man is headed to state prison after pleading guilty to cocaine distribution charges.
The suspect, a 50-year-old male who resided in Dover, NJ, was accused of selling cocaine in Dover earlier this year.
The suspect was getting out of a Jeep that he had stopped on Richards Avenue in Dover NJ when a police officer passed by. As the Dover patrol cop drove past the suspect, he noticed the suspect offer “a surprised look.”
Dover NJ police later followed the suspect as he drove away. Police eventually pulled over the suspect’s vehicle and talked to the suspect.
While speaking with Dover NJ police officers, the suspect allegedly admitted that he had cocaine in his vehicle. Moreover, the suspect reportedly told police that he intended to sell the illegal drugs.
During a subsequent search of the suspect’s vehicle, Dover NJ police allegedly found 445 grams of cocaine, which is the equivalent of more than one pound of cocaine.
Police also discovered $57,055 in cash in the suspect’s car. The suspect eventually agreed to forfeit the money to the State of New Jersey.
The suspect was charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Since the quantity of cocaine was greater than five ounces, the suspect faced first degree felony charges. First degree crimes typically carry a potential punishment of 10-20 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, the suspect will probably only be sentenced to 11 years in prison as a result of a plea deal reached with Morris County NJ prosecutors. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the suspect will have to serve at least five years in state prison before becoming eligible for release on parole.
The suspect recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ and pleaded guilty to the cocaine charges.
The suspect had a prior conviction on his criminal record for cocaine distribution, which could factor in when he is sentenced on the current charges. The suspect will return to court in June for formal sentencing.
To learn more about this case, go to the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Forfeits $57K after Admitting Cocaine Possession.”