A Carteret NJ man is headed to federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute synthetic drugs throughout New Jersey.
The suspect is a 38-year-old resident of Carteret. He reportedly arranged for a large shipment of illegal narcotics to be shipped from China to another location in Teaneck, New Jersey.
The drug that the suspect allegedly imported from China is ethylone. According to medical experts, ethylone is a recreational designer drug that is extremely popular among some drug addicts because it can stimulate the nervous system and functions as a psychedelic drug that alters the user’s cognition and perception.
Federal authorities investigated the suspect and eventually seized almost nine pounds of ethylone. In April 2016, the suspect was indicted by a federal grand jury on a number of drug crime charges. He later avoided a criminal trial by reaching a plea deal with prosecutors. In exchange for the suspect pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute ethylone, federal prosecutors agreed to drop the remaining criminal charges.
The suspect will have to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Newark NJ on February 1, 2017 so that he can be formally sentenced. Although the maximum sentence in the case is 20 years behind bars, it is expected that prosecutors will recommend a lighter sentence in accordance with the terms of the plea deal.
Although the suspect has pleaded guilty to the drug distribution charges, it is believed by law enforcement that he was merely one of several individuals who were part of a drug distribution network. The suspect’s role in the alleged criminal enterprise was to help get the illicit drugs imported into the United States so that they could later be sold on the street. The other people who were allegedly involved in the drug network also face criminal charges and could be subject to even harsher sentences if they are ultimately convicted.
To learn more, check out the NJ.com article, “N.J. Man Admits Importing 9 Pounds of Synthetic Drug from China.”
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