A Dover NJ man is on his way to prison after he pleaded guilty to criminal charges of cocaine distribution.
The suspect is a 50-year-old man from Dover, New Jersey. He allegedly sold cocaine in Dover and was busted in February 2016.
A Dover NJ patrol officer spotted the suspect stepping out of a parked Jeep on Richards Avenue in Dover, New Jersey. The suspect reportedly looked “surprised” and nervous when he noticed the police officer.
Police later followed the suspect’s car after he began driving away. During a subsequent traffic stop, the suspect allegedly told police that he had cocaine in his Jeep. The suspect even allegedly went so far as to admit to officers that he planned to sell the drugs.
While searching the suspect’s Jeep, police reportedly discovered 445 grams of cocaine. Police officers also reportedly found $57,055 in cash, which was seized and later turned over to the government.
The suspect faces criminal charges for drug offenses, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
The amount of cocaine was greater than five ounces, so the suspect was charged with a first degree criminal offense. First degree felonies usually carry a potential penalty of 10-20 years in NJ State Prison. However, the suspect will likely only receive a sentence of 11 years in state prison thanks to a plea agreement reached with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Under the terms of the plea deal, the suspect will be required to serve five years behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole.
The suspect recently made an appearance in Morris County Superior Court in Morristown and officially pleaded guilty to the charges of distributing cocaine. He will have to return to superior court in June so that the judge can formally sentence him.
For additional information about this case, read the DailyRecord.com article, “Man Forfeits $57K after Admitting Cocaine Possession.”