Two suspects in a Morristown cocaine distribution operation recently pleaded guilty in Morristown Superior Court.
The defendants appeared in court and admitted to running what prosecutors described as a major cocaine operation that was run out of an apartment in Morristown, NJ. The defendants pleaded guilty to first degree cocaine distribution charges.
Prosecutors were prepared to argue that one of the defendants processed and repackaged large amounts of cocaine he had obtained from the other defendant. According to authorities, the transactions occurred over a six-week period earlier this year.
Police infiltrated the operation when an undercover narcotics detective was able to conduct several transactions with the defendants. He reportedly purchased an amount of cocaine with a street value of $55,000.
Authorities said that an infant child was present during several of the illegal transactions.
As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, cocaine distribution may be classified as a first degree felony when the offense involves more than five ounces of the drug. Although a conviction for a first degree crime can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in NJ State Prison, prosecutors are recommending lighter sentences for both of the defendants in this case.
The defendants are scheduled to return to Morristown Superior Court for sentencing on September 19.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Two Men Admit Running Major Cocaine Distribution Operation in Morristown.”
If you are facing cocaine distribution or possession charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis J. Tormey for a free consultation about your case.