Feds: Jersey City man gets 51 months in prison for getting caught with 400 vials of cocaine


A Jersey City man has been sentenced to 51 months in prison for getting caught with 400 vials of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jerome Powell, 43, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty in July before U.S. District Court Judge Susan D. Wigenton to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

She imposed the sentence by videoconference yesterday. In addition to the prison term, Wigenton sentenced Powell to three years of supervised release.

From August 2019 through February 2nd, 2020, Powell and others agreed to possess and distribute narcotics in Jersey City.

Upon his arrest, Powell had 400 vials of cocaine in his pocket.

Sellinger credited special agents and task force officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Jersey City Police Department with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

This investigation was conducted as part of the Jersey City Violent Crime Initiative (VCI).

The VCI was formed in 2018 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Jersey City Police Department, for the sole purpose of combatting violent crime in and around Jersey City.

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