A Jersey City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for handgun possession, as well as fentanyl trafficking, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
Tyreek Martin, also known as “Reek,” 35, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John M. Vazquez to an information charging him with possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Vazquez imposed the 10-year sentence today by videoconference.
Additionally, Marcus Haggan, 45, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty on July 22nd, also before Vazquez, to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin.
As a result, his sentencing is scheduled for November 23rd.
Also related, Wyheim Hicks, 26, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty on September 14th before Vasquez to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
His sentencing is currently scheduled for January 26th, 2021.
On the morning of February 9th, 2019, Jersey City police officers were conducting surveillance of Martin’s residence when they observed Martin exit from the side basement door.
He walked to the front of the residence and placed packages of drugs in a garbage can and then walked to the front steps of the residence.
Then, the officers observed Haggan and Hicks walk towards Martin’s residence. Haggan retrieved the drugs from the garbage can and gave some to Hicks. Haggan and Hicks walked off in separate directions while Martin went back into his residence.
Based on their observations of the illegal drug transaction, the officers stopped and arrested Haggan and Hicks.
Hicks was in possession of approximately 250 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER.” Haggan was also in possession of approximately 350 glassine bags of suspected heroin, also with the label “HELL RAISER.”
Later that day, the officers observed Martin exit his residence and placed him under arrest.
During a search of his home, police found eight bricks of suspected heroin wrapped in magazine paper, approximately 400 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER,” and 13 bundles of approximately 130 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “G FUNK.”
They also found approximately $3,350 in cash. Subsequent laboratory testing of the seized drugs confirmed that the drugs consisted of substances containing fentanyl and heroin.
The officers also recovered two firearms, a Taurus 44 Magnum revolver and a Bersa .380 caliber handgun, along with approximately 90 rounds of ammunition.
Prior to February 9th, 2019, Martin had at least one felony conviction, including a conviction in Hudson County Superior Court, on November 2nd, 2018, for distributing controlled dangerous substances, making it illegal for him to possess firearms.
In addition to the prison term, Martin was sentenced to three years of supervised release.