Essex Jury Convicts East Orange Man for Distributing Drugs in Irvington Township

Newark -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, announced today that an Essex County jury has convicted Willie C. Moore, 40, currently of East Orange of eight counts of possession and possession with intent to distribute opioids, including oxycodone, endocet, alprazolam and heroin.

Officials say following a trial before the Honorable Nancy Sivilli, Judge of the Superior Court, Moore was also convicted of one count of possession of hollow point bullets.

Possession of hollow nose bullets is illegal because they pierce police officers’ bulletproof vests.

The drugs and bullets were seized in the execution of two search warrants on Moore's business and home in Irvington on March 17, 2017.

According to Assistant Prosecutor Felicia Garnes, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the state, "Irvington Police Detective Chris Jenkins and his partners continued the investigation for over a year following the arrest of Mr. Moore, which provided the jury with crucial evidence enabling them to come to a just verdict."

Moore, who has one prior felony conviction for forgery, faces up to five years in New Jersey State Prison.

No sentencing date has been set yet.

Acting Prosecutor Stephens said, “The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office remains committed to seek justice, to serve justice, and to do justice.”