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NJ Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Distribute Several Kilograms of Cocaine


By: Richard L. Smith 

Federal law enforcement officials sentenced a Bridgeton Man Tuesday to over nine years in prison and six years of supervised release for conspiring with others to obtain and distribute several kilograms of cocaine and violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

According to federal officials, Lavinston Lamar, 40, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden federal court on May 5, 2022.  

According to documents filed in this and other cases and statements made in court:

Lamar admitted that from June 2020 through July 13, 2021, he conspired with Carl Lee Holloway, Marvin Murphy, and others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, with the intent to facilitate the sale of cocaine by Holloway to a third party for which Lamar would receive a cash payment from the third party.

On July 13, 2021, Holloway met undercover agents in a hotel room in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. 

Lamar and Murphy separately entered the hotel room with bags containing approximately $243,000. 

They briefly inspected one of the kilograms of cocaine previously brought into the room by undercover agents, after which agents entered the room and arrested Holloway, Lamar, and Murphy. 

The conspiracy count to which Lamar pleaded guilty carries a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine.