An East Orange NJ man caught with heroin in a motel room was recently sentenced to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
The 43-year-old suspect was arrested in December 2014 during a drug bust at the Holiday Motel in Andover, New Jersey. The drug bust was the culmination of a joint investigation by several agencies, including the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force, the Andover Police Department, and the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
According to law enforcement, the suspect attempted to flush a large amount of heroin down the toilet before police burst into his motel room. Police officers knocked on the door and heard suspicious sounds coming from inside the room. When police heard the sound of flushing, they forcibly entered the room.
Although the suspect had already flushed a large amount of heroin, police officers were ultimately able to stop the suspect from destroying most of the evidence. Police reportedly seized three “bricks” of heroin, which is the equivalent of 154 bags.
The suspect was subsequently placed under arrest and charged with third degree distribution of heroin.
According to Sussex County prosecutors, the suspect admitted to investigators that he sold 50 bags of heroin to a person who was cooperating with investigators.
In March 2015, the suspect pleaded guilty to the charges. Now he has finally been sentenced. The suspect recently appeared in Sussex County Superior Court, located in Newton NJ. The superior court judge sentenced the suspect to 5 years in NJ State Prison. The suspect will be required to serve at least 30 months of his sentence before he gains parole eligibility.
Additionally, the judge ordered the suspect to pay in excess of $1,200 in fines and court fees.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Caught with ‘Bricks’ of Heroin Sentenced to Five Years in State Prison, Report Says.”