According to authorities, the 32-year-old suspect and another man conspired to grow and then distribute marijuana. The suspects reportedly grew the pot at a warehouse located on Miller Street in Newark, New Jersey. The suspects also allegedly stored a large quantity of marijuana at a multi-family house located on Summer Avenue in Newark.
Newark NJ law enforcement began an investigation into the suspects after learning of possible drug manufacturing in the area.
Newark police officers were joined by members of the NJ State Police Drug Trafficking North Unit when they found more than 100 marijuana plants at the Miller Street warehouse in February 2012.
A short time later, police executed a search warrant at the suspect’s residence on the 300 block of 54th Street in West New York. Police allegedly discovered several pounds of marijuana inside the home. Police also reportedly seized more than $42,000 in cash.
The suspect was charged with first degree operating a controlled dangerous substance production facility and second degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The suspect’s trial was in Essex County Superior Court in Newark, New Jersey. On August 20, the jury issued a guilty verdict in the case. Now the suspect has been ordered to serve 20 years in NJ State Prison.
Meanwhile, the other suspect in the case reached a plea deal with Essex County prosecutors. He will have to appear in Essex County Superior Court in November, when he will likely be sentenced to 7 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “20-Year Sentence for NJ Man Convicted of Growing Marijuana.”