HACKENSACK, NJ - A 42-year-old Hackensack man was given 12 years behind bars for his involvement in a ring that distributed cocaine across northern New Jersey, according to authorities.

During Michael Swanson’s sentencing on Tuesday in Morris County, Judge Stephen Taylor also required him to serve 53 months before being eligible for parole, Morris County Prosecutor Frederic Knapp said in a news release.

Swanson was arrested in December 2018 after a nearly two-year investigation by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement/Narcotics Task Force and detectives from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, Knapp said.

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Authorities launched their investigation in January 2017 after receiving information that Swanson, along with several others, were importing and distributing cocaine in Morris County, as well as several other surrounding counties.

According to Knapp, the network “provided a significant amount of illicit narcotics to the streets.”

Ultimately, 17 people - including Swanson, whom authorities say is the lead defendant in the case - were arrested and four vehicles were seized, the county prosecutor said.

In May, he pleaded guilty to the charges of second-degree distribution of cocaine and second-degree conspiracy to distribute controlled dangerous substances. As part of the plea agreement, Swanson forfeited $5,200 in cash.

During Tuesday’s court proceedings, the judge also imposed a concurrent eight year state prison term on the conspiracy count, according to the county prosecutor.

Swanson was previously convicted seven years ago in Passaic County of first degree distribution of controlled dangerous substances, Knapp said.