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NJ Man Sentenced for the Distribution of Cocaine

New Jersey


By: Yuritza Arroyo

Federal authorities announced that a New Jersey man was sentenced to 120 months in prison for conspiring with others to obtain and distribute several kilograms of cocaine.

According to officials, Carl Lee Holloway, 43, of Penns Grove, previously pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute cocaine.  

Officials say Holloway admitted that from June 2020 through July 13, 2021, he conspired with Lavinston Lamar, Marvin Murphy, and others to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine.

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

On July 13, 2021, Holloway drove to a hotel in Mount Laurel with a bag containing $97,600 in cash. Holloway then met undercover agents in a hotel room at the hotel.  

Court documents state 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.

Lamar was previously sentenced to 114 months in prison after Lamar pleaded guilty to his involvement in the same conspiracy and to violating the conditions of his supervised release from a prior conviction for conspiring to distribute cocaine.

Murphy is charged by indictment with the same conspiracy. The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

In addition to the prison term, Holloway was sentenced to five years of supervised release and ordered to pay a $50,000 fine.