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Feds Charge Paterson Man with Drug Trafficking, Firearm Possession

By rlsmetro on
Paterson

A Paterson man was charged for illegally possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug distribution, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced today.

 

Federal Officials charged Mr. Jessie Mayfield, 59, of Paterson by complaint with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. 

 

Mayfield will his initial appearance at a date to be determined.

 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

 

On Aug. 24, 2021, Mayfield was under parole supervision for a prior state conviction. 

 

On that day, state parole officers conducted a routine supervised visit at Mayfield’s residence and observed a large amount of cash in different denominations on Mayfield’s bed. 

 

They saw text messages referencing drug transactions on his cell phone. 

 

Upon obtaining a warrant, the officers searched Mayfield’s residence and recovered a clear Ziploc baggie containing 115 wax-folds, each with a powdery substance suspected to be a controlled substance, a bag containing numerous empty plastic vials, and a digital scale – which is commonly used to weigh controlled dangerous substances. 

 

The officers also found a notebook with dates and times of drug transactions written in them. 

 

The officers recovered a Ruger .22 caliber semi-automatic pistol, along with a box containing 95 Winchester .22 caliber long rifle cartridges.

 

The narcotics offense carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $1 million. 

 

The count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison. 

 

The count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime carries a statutory mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other sentence imposed, and a maximum potential penalty of life in prison. 

 

Each firearm count carries a maximum fine of $250,000.