MORRISTOWN, NJ – A Sparta man was sentenced today to five years in state prison for his role in a drug distribution scheme dashed after a long-term police investigation that yielded drugs and $300,000 in proceeds, said authorities.
It was the culmination of a case, led by Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Detective Daniel Cicala, that involved many law enforcement agencies.
The man, Samuel Rozynski, 44,was sentenced by state Superior Court Judge David Ironson, who also imposed 24 months of parole ineligibility. Rozynski also forfeited his interest in $329,000 seized when he was arrested, said authorities.
Rozynski pleaded guilty March 2 to one count of first-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of first-degree possession with intent to distribute marijuana, according to a statement from Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, Morris County Acting Chief of Investigations Chris Kimke and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Andrew Miller.
They said Rozynski also pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree financial facilitation of criminal activity (money laundering) and one count of second-degree conspiracy to distribute marijuana
The judge imposed the 5-year sentence for the possession with intent to distribute charge but added three concurrent (at the same time) 5-year terms for the other counts, noted the authorities.
“This investigation culminated with Rozynski’s arrest on January 29, 2020, when law enforcement officers from multiple agencies executed three search warrants in Sparta, Cliffside Park and Parsippany,” said Knapp and the others in a statement.
He said authorities found about 350 grams of cocaine, 37 pounds of marijuana, numerous firearms and more than $300,000 in cash.
“The cooperation of all agencies involved in this investigation and prosecution has been consistently of the highest magnitude,” said the prosecutor. “We greatly appreciate the dedication of our law enforcement partners continuing our efforts to reduce the supply of illicit drugs.”
Knapp, Kimker and Miller thanked a long list of agencies for helping with the probe that led to Rozynski’s arrest, including: the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Division, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, the Hopatcong Police Department, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the Cliffside Park Police Department, the Little Falls Police Department, the Sparta Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the New Jersey State Police.