Eric Malcom, a 34-year-old resident of Atlantic City, entered a guilty plea on Friday, September 8, acknowledging second-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute more than one-half ounce.
According to Atlantic County officials, the plea agreement terms recommend a seven-year sentence in New Jersey State Prison.
Malcom's arrest took place on February 17, 2022, in Galloway following a routine motor vehicle stop conducted by local law enforcement.
During the stop, Atlantic County officials said a police canine alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in Malcom's vehicle.
Subsequently, a search of the car revealed several ounces of cocaine concealed beneath the driver's seat.
In his guilty plea, Atlantic County officials say Malcom admitted his intention to distribute the seized cocaine. His sentencing has been scheduled for October 20, 2023, before the Honorable Joseph Levin, J.S.C.
Until the sentencing date, Malcom will remain detained in the Atlantic County Justice Facility.
This case underscores law enforcement's commitment to combating drug-related offenses in the region, emphasizing the consequences individuals may face for drug possession and distribution.