A Cranbury man who was arrested earlier this year for illegal drug activity taking place across Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties has plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced that David Jones, 45, plead guilty to Possession with the Intent to Distribute Heroin in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2), before the Honorable Rochelle Gizinski, J.S.C.

The State will be recommending a sentence of eight-and-one-half years in New Jersey State Prison with a fifty-one month period of parole ineligibility and are also recommending a sentence of three years in New Jersey State Prison relative to Jones’ guilty plea to a separate charge of Conspiracy to Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1).

The State will additionally recommend that the sentences run concurrently.

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Gizinski on November 1, 2019.

He was arrested and charged on February 26 following a nearly two-month long investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force into illegal drug activity in the Ocean, Monmouth, and Mercer County areas.

Search warrants were executed on that date at an apartment in East Windsor as well as two motor vehicles.

Execution of those search warrants led to the discovery of evidence revealing that Jones was in possession of illegal narcotics for purposes of distribution in the tri-County area.

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