TRENTON, N.J. – A Monmouth County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 144 months in prison for narcotics trafficking, possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and using a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
According to federal officials, Jeramie Harris, 34, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson to an information charging him with one count of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine, one count of possession of a firearm as a convicted felon, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Judge Wolfson imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
Harris was arrested as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation into a drug trafficking organization known to traffic heroin and fentanyl, as well as cocaine, in Monmouth and Ocean counties and elsewhere.
On May 1, 2019, law enforcement officers arrested Harris at his residence, which was an identified drug mill/stash house used to store and package narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin.
Harris was found with a large kilogram press and narcotics packaging materials in his vehicle. Law enforcement officers found a bag containing a Röhm Gesellschaft .22 caliber six-shot revolver containing six rounds of ammunition, a metal spoon, and clear zip-lock baggies, as well as a second kilogram press, rubber bands, a digital scale, and a bundle of heroin.
In a drawer in the kitchen area, law enforcement also found a clear bag containing approximately 25 grams of cocaine.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Wolfson sentenced Harris to five years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Program out of Monmouth and Ocean counties, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.