Law & Justice

10 Years in Prison for Would-Be Edison Drug Distributor

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TRENTON, N.J. – An Edison man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute 140 kilograms of narcotics in New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

The man, Gemal Singleton, 41, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian Martinotti to an information charging him with one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and five kilograms of cocaine.  Martinotti imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

According to the documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

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Singleton, Siddeeq Williams, 40, of Cranford, and others arranged for cocaine and heroin to be shipped to New Jersey via tractor trailer. On Aug. 27, 2017, the tractor-trailer arrived in New Jersey and was pulled over by law enforcement officers after the driver committed several traffic violations.

A search of the truck reveiled five large duffel bags containing 56 kilograms of heroin and 85 kilograms of cocaine. Singleton and Williams admitted that they were supposed to meet the tractor-trailer to collect the narcotics for eventual distribution.

In addition to the prison term, Martinotti sentenced Singleton to five years of supervised release. Williams has also pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and awaits sentencing.

Carpenito credited the investigation to special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Valerie Nickerson in Newark.

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