A Morristown NJ man will be spending several years behind bars after being convicted of distributing cocaine throughout Morris County, New Jersey.
According to Morris County NJ prosecutors, the suspect played a key role in the illegal drug network.
In January 2016, authorities began an investigation into the alleged drug ring. Investigators eventually determined that the suspect, along with his brother, would buy heroin and cocaine in Passaic County NJ and then turn around and sell the illegal drugs in Morris County. The drug sales were reportedly made across Morris County, including Dover, Morristown, and Victory Gardens.
In March 2016, Morris County police conducted a series of drug raids and arrested 25 people. Authorities reportedly seized a large quantity of drugs during the raids, including 55 grams of cocaine and 1,400 folds of heroin.
The suspect, a 51-year-old man who resided in Morristown, New Jersey, faced multiple drug crime charges, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine, distribution of heroin, and conspiracy for his role in the drug trafficking operation. The suspect eventually pleaded guilty to the cocaine distribution charges.
Now the suspect is headed to prison after being sentenced to a term of incarceration of eight years. The suspect recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown NJ for a formal sentencing hearing.
The suspect will be required to serve approximately four years in New Jersey State Prison before he becomes eligible for release on parole.
On top of being required to serve his prison sentence, the suspect has also been ordered to relinquish more than $8,300 and two motor vehicles that were seized during the drug raids by Morris County law enforcement.
It is likely that more individuals connected to the illegal drug ring will be punished in the coming weeks and months. The suspect is the first person among the group of people arrested to be sentenced in connection with the drug distribution case.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Member of Alleged Morris Co. Drug Ring Gets 8 Years.”