A NY man is on his way to federal prison after reaching a plea agreement on heroin distribution charges in Clifton, NJ.
The suspect is a 32-year-old man from the Bronx, New York. He was placed under arrest on February 5, 2016 at the conclusion of a major law enforcement investigation into a drug trafficking operation in Passaic County, New Jersey.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents reportedly pulled over the suspect’s motor vehicle in Clifton New Jersey and found him with approximately 48 pounds of heroin. Another man in the car was also charged with drug trafficking.
Additionally, DEA agents who had conducted surveillance on the suspect for some time prior to the arrest allegedly saw him grab a suitcase from a tractor-trailer that contained more drugs: 22 pounds of heroin and 22 pounds of fentanyl.
After being placed under arrest, the suspect was charged with multiple drug crimes for conspiracy to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin. He was able to avoid a trial in federal court by reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. The terms of the suspect’s plea deal called for him to be sentenced to 10 years in a federal penitentiary, with an additional five years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.
Now the suspect’s punishment is official, with a judge in U.S. District Court in Trenton signing off on the plea deal and formally sentencing the suspect.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Man Gets 10 Years in Jail for Trafficking 92 Pounds of Heroin.”