Thursday, November 19, 2020

Bergen County Man Sentenced to 63 Months in Prison for Possessing with Intent to Distribute over 50 Grams of Methamphetamine

 NEWARK, N.J. – A Bergen County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 63 months in prison for possessing with intent to distribute over 50 grams of methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Jeff DelaCruz, 38, of North Arlington, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi to an information charging him with one count of possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine. Judge Cecchi imposed the sentence today by videoconference.

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

On May 22, 2019, DelaCruz sold two “8-balls” (approximately 7 grams) of methamphetamine to an individual for approximately $350 in cash. Law enforcement agents observed DelaCruz leave his residence and meet with the individual to complete the sale. On June 3, 2019, DelaCruz agreed to sell three ounces of methamphetamine to an individual for approximately $3,000 in cash. On June 5, 2019, the special agents and officers of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at DelaCruz’ residence, where they recovered approximately 140 grams of methamphetamine. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Cecchi sentenced DelaCruz to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

This case is being conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’ Opioids Unit in Newark.

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