The defendants appeared in Morristown Superior Court and admitted that they were in charge of a major cocaine operation. According to prosecutors, the operation was run out of a Morristown apartment.
Prosecutors believed that they had a strong case against the defendants. Prosecutors were prepared to argue at trial that one of the defendants supplied the cocaine, while the other defendant processed and repackaged the cocaine at the apartment.
Police officers were able to infiltrate the operation and obtain evidence of criminal activity. An undercover narcotics detective allegedly conducted multiple transactions with the defendants and purchased a large amount of cocaine. Prosecutors said that the cocaine obtained by the undercover detective had a street value $55,000.
Perhaps most alarmingly, police indicated that an infant child was in the apartment during many of the illegal drug transactions.
After pleading guilty to first degree cocaine distribution charges, the defendants awaited sentencing. When they return to court on September 19, they could be sentenced to as many as 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, prosecutors are recommending that the defendants receive lighter sentences because of their admissions of guilt.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Two Men Admit Running Major Cocaine Distribution Operation in Morristown.”