A Paterson NJ man who sold prescription drugs to addicts and drug dealers throughout North Jersey has now been sentenced to a lengthy term of incarceration in prison.
The suspect, a 62-year-old man who lived in Paterson New Jersey, was arrested in July 2013 after law enforcement found more than 500 oxycodone pills in his residence and his car. He was subsequently charged with multiple drug crimes.
While investigating the suspect as part of Operation White Silk, detectives with the NJ Division of Criminal Justice, the Passaic County Sheriff s Office, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) determined that he supplied dealers in North Jersey with as many as 1,000 prescription pills and opioids every week. The suspect allegedly used drug runners to secure prescription drugs such as oxycodone, Percocet, and Xanax from Paterson NJ residents who had extra medication. The suspect then sold the medication at a higher price to addicts and dealers throughout the area.
The suspect pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of promoting organized street crime after reaching a plea agreement with NJ State prosecutors.
Now the suspect has been officially sentenced in the case. In exchange for agreeing to plead guilty to the first degree charges, the suspect secured an agreement from prosecutors to recommend a sentence of just 10 years in New Jersey State Prison. The 10-year term of incarceration is on the lower end of the sentencing range, which goes all the way up to 20 years for a first degree felony.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Man Who Helped Fuel Opioid Addiction in N.J. Gets 10 Years in Prison.”