A Florida man accused of distributing a massive quantity of illegal drugs in Clifton, New Jersey will soon be going to prison after pleading guilty to drug crime charges.
According to authorities, the suspect was one of five people with roles in a major drug distribution operation that distributed heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and morphine in Passaic County, NJ.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigated the drug distribution network and eventually conducted raids at multiple locations in Clifton NJ. During a subsequent search of the suspects motor vehicles and a tractor-trailer outside an abandoned residence, DEA agents allegedly discovered 77 pounds of heroin and 44 pounds of cocaine.
The suspect, a 52-year-old man from Morriston, Florida, faced federal criminal charges for conspiracy to distribute heroin, conspiracy to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, and conspiracy to distribute morphine. If convicted on the charges, the suspect would have been subject to very serious penalties that included life imprisonment in a federal penitentiary.
The suspect avoided trial in US District Court in Trenton NJ by reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. Although the suspect can still potentially be sentenced to a term of incarceration of life imprisonment, federal prosecutors have agreed to recommend reduced penalties.
For further information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Florida Man Facing Life in Prison for 121-Pound Drug Bust.”