Two men were recently sentenced to lengthy terms in prison for running a cocaine distribution operation out of Morristown, NJ.
The suspects, hailing out of Morristown, pleaded guilty in July to first degree cocaine distribution charges.
According to police, one of the suspects would obtain bulk quantities of cocaine from the other suspect. Once in possession of the cocaine, the suspect would process and repackage the cocaine for sale at a later time.
During court proceedings, defense attorneys argued that police entrapped the suspects by prompting them to acquire extra quantities of cocaine. Ordinarily, defense attorneys said, the suspects never dealt with cocaine in such large amounts.
The suspects recently appeared in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, for sentencing. The superior court judge ordered one of the defendants to serve 13 years in New Jersey State Prison; the other defendant was ordered to serve 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. However, both defendants will be eligible for parole in approximately 5 years.
The judge’s sentencing decision was influenced by the defendants’ prior criminal records. According to prosecutors in the case, one of the defendants had seven prior drug convictions; the other defendant had six prior indictable convictions, including four convictions for drug crimes.
To learn more about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Morristown Cocaine Dealer at Sentencing: ‘I’m Not a Bad Person.’”
If you are facing cocaine possession or distribution charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.