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Jersey City Man Found Guilty of Being Felon in Possession of Gun

By rlsmetro on
Newark

A Jersey City man was found guilty today of being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm to facilitate distribution of heroin on the streets of New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Federal officials said Raymond Petway, 38, was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On Sept. 21, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Jersey City Police Department observed  Petway, a convicted felon, selling heroin at Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Jersey City while in possession of a loaded and stolen High-Point 9mm handgun.

The count of possession with intent to distribute heroin carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison. 

The count of being a felon in possession is punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. 

The count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking is punishable by a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum of life in prison, which must run consecutively to the term imposed for the drug trafficking count. 

Sentencing has not yet been scheduled.