A Jersey City man was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for offenses related to the possession of two firearms and fentanyl trafficking, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
According to officials, Tyreek Martin, 35, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with possession of firearms by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
Marcus Haggan, 45, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty on July 22, to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl and heroin.
Wyheim Hicks, 26, of Jersey City, pleaded guilty on September 14 to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute fentanyl.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
On the morning of February 9, 2019, Jersey City Police Department officers were conducting surveillance of Martin’s residence when they observed Martin exit from the side basement door.
He walked to the front of the residence and placed packages of drugs in a garbage can and then walked to the front steps of the residence.
The officers observed Haggan and Hicks walk towards Martin’s residence. Haggan retrieved the drugs from the garbage can and gave some to Hicks. Haggan and Hicks walked off in separate directions while Martin went back into his residence.
Based on their observations of the illegal drug transaction, the officers stopped and arrested Haggan and Hicks. Hicks was in possession of approximately 250 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER.” Haggan was in possession of approximately 350 glassine bags of suspected heroin, also with the label “HELL RAISER.”
Later that day, the officers observed Martin exit his residence and placed him under arrest. During a search of Martin’s residence, the officers found eight bricks of suspected heroin wrapped in magazine paper, approximately 400 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “HELL RAISER,” and 13 bundles of approximately 130 glassine bags of suspected heroin with the label “G FUNK.”
They also found approximately $3,350 in U.S. currency. Subsequent laboratory testing of the seized drugs confirmed that the drugs consisted of substances containing fentanyl and heroin.
The officers also recovered two firearms – a Taurus 44 Magnum revolver and a Bersa .380 caliber handgun – and approximately 90 rounds of ammunition.
Prior to February 9, 2019, Martin had at least one felony conviction, including a conviction in Superior Court, Hudson County, on November 2, 2018, for distributing controlled dangerous substances, making it illegal for him to possess firearms.
In addition to the prison term, Martin was sentenced to three years of supervised release.