NEWARK, NJ – A Jersey City man was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Wednesday for offenses related to the possession of two firearms and fentanyl trafficking, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Tyreek Martin, a/k/a “Reek,” 35, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John M. Vazquez to charges that he possessed the firearms as a convicted felon, and had participated in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.
Marcus Haggan, 45, and Wyheim Hicks, 26, both of Jersey City, both pleaded to taking part in the conspiracy and will be sentenced at a later date.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court, members of the Jersey City Police Department were conducting surveillance of Martin’s residence on the morning of Feb. 9, 2019, when they observed him exit from the side basement door. He then walked to the front of the residence and placed packages of drugs in a garbage can before walking back to the front steps of the home.
The officers observed Haggan and Hicks walk towards Martin’s residence, Haggan retrieving the drugs from the garbage can and giving some to Hicks. Haggan and Hicks walked off in separate directions while Martin went back into his residence. Based on their observations of the illegal drug transaction, the officers stopped and arrested both men. Hicks was in possession of approximately 250 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER.” Haggan was in possession of approximately 350 glassine bags of suspected heroin, also with the label “HELL RAISER.”
Later that day, the officers observed Martin exit his residence and placed him under arrest. During a search of Martin’s residence, the officers found eight bricks of suspected heroin wrapped in magazine paper, approximately 400 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER,” and 13 bundles of approximately 130 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “G FUNK.” They also found approximately $3,350 in U.S. currency.
Subsequent laboratory testing of the seized drugs confirmed that the drugs consisted of substances containing fentanyl and heroin. The officers also recovered two firearms – a Taurus 44 Magnum revolver and a Bersa .380 caliber handgun – and approximately 90 rounds of ammunition, leading to the additional charges against Martin.
In addition to the prison term, Martin was sentenced to three years of supervised release.
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