A former Jersey City man received a two-year prison sentence for selling a fentanyl analogue as pills believed to be Percocet and Xanax back in 2018, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced.
Darryl Hinkson, 47, formerly of Jersey City, was sentenced on Thursday after pleading guilty by videoconference before U.S. District Judge Claire C. Cecchi on July 20th, 2021, to an information charging him with conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of a fentanyl analogue.
From September 11th, 2018, to October 18th, 2018, Hinkson conspired with others to distribute pills that contained a fentanyl analogue, an illegal controlled substance, according to court documents.
On September 11th, 2018, Hinkson met with a Individual-1 and sold this person approximately 20 pills of purported “Percocet” and 20 pills of purported “Xanax” in exchange for cash.
Then, on September 25th, 2018, Hinkson again met with Individual-1 and sold Individual-1 550 pills of purported “Percocet” and approximately 300 pills of purported “Xanax” in exchange for U.S. currency.
The pills were not, in fact, Percocet or Xanax, but instead contained a fentanyl analogue.
The count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute fentanyl analogue carries a maximum penalty of life in prison and a fine of $10 million.