A 51-year-old New Jersey man, known for winning the Wing Bowl five times, pleaded guilty to second-degree cocaine possession with intent to sell. The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office reported that the Woodbury Heights man was originally detained in his Kia Soul in Mullica Hill. This resulted in a month-long police investigation, after which he was charged with involvement in a drug transaction on the day of the original automobile stop.
In the man’s guilty plea for the possession with intent to distribute charge, he admitted that he had more than half an ounce and less than five ounces of cocaine on him when he was detained. Police used search warrants to confiscate about $8,000 worth of cocaine, $4,000 in cash and the man’s car, which was wrapped with graphics of his professional name. The man also admitted to using a small amount of cocaine on the day that he was stopped.
The Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor is recommending that the man be sentenced to seven years in New Jersey state prison. This sentence can be shortened, without objection from the state, if the man applies for the New Jersey Department of Corrections Intensive Supervision program.
In this case, the plea deal can result in significant shorter imprisonment times for the man if he follows the recommendation of the Prosecutor’s Office. In New Jersey, possession with intent to distribute is a very serious offense and can result in an extended prison term and can have long-lasting effects on a person’s life. The actual penalties vary with the weight of the substance. A criminal defense lawyer could offer guidance to better understand the law and penalties associated with this type of case and review the entire investigation to help the accused individual make an informed decision about how they want to proceed with their case.