MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Sparta man, who planned to distribute “a large quantity” of cocaine from New York City into Morris County in May, pleaded guilty today and could face a decade in prison, authorities said.
The man, Pablo Home, 30, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute, said Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Spokeswoman Denise Arsenault in a statement. She said Home, who pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge William McGovern, agreed to forfeit $13,676, “the proceeds of his drug distribution activity.”
When Home is sentenced Sept. 11, the state will ask McGovern to impose a 10-year prison term and a 31-month period of parole ineligibility, said Arsenault.
“This plea is the culmination of a 3 month long investigation into the drug distribution/money laundering activity of Home,” said the statement. “Money laundering is also known as the financial facilitation of criminal activity. Home transported US currency derived from his drug distribution activities.”
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation that led to Home’s arrest began in February “based on intelligence gathered” by a Wharton police officer during a motor vehicle stop on Route 46. “This intelligence ultimately led to law enforcement halting the importation of a large quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine into Morris County by Home,” said the statement.
Authorities did not reveal the name of the person stopped by the Wharton officer. Home was arrested May 21 in Parsippany when he was pulled over while driving. Police said they seized a quarter kilogram of cocaine “with a street value in excess of $12,000” as well as about $1,800 in cash.
Since his arrest, Home has been lodged in the Morris County jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
“This investigation exemplifies how effectively the Morris County Narcotics Task Force conducts investigations based on intelligence developed by municipal law enforcement agencies,” said Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp at the time of Home’s arrest. He said the arrest came just in time to halt “the importation of a large quantity of cocaine that would have likely been sold in Morris County” before the Memorial Day weekend.
In addition to the charge to which he pleaded guilty, Home faced one count of second-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance (crack cocaine) with the intent to distribute, two counts of third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of third-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering).
The investigation was led by Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta and Detective George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force. Knapp thanked the Narcotics Task Force, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Borough of Wharton Police Department.