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Plainfield Man Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Firearm, Drug Charges


A Union County man who was previously convicted of several felonies was sentenced to 12 years in prison for possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and oxycodone and for illegally possessing a handgun in furtherance of his drug distribution, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

According to U.S. Attorney Sellinger, Arthur Forman, 39, of Plainfield, previously pleaded guilty to a superseding information charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, possession of a firearm in the course of committing that narcotics offense, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

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

During an encounter with the Plainfield Police Department on October 13, 2017, Forman resisted arrest by choking a Plainfield detective. 

While trying to evade capture, Forman transferred a bag containing the cocaine and firearm to a family member, who attempted to dispose of the bag and its contents by throwing it out a window. 

During a subsequent search of Forman’s bedroom, Plainfield police officers found numerous oxycodone pills and paraphernalia used to grind pills and package drugs for sale. 

Forman was previously convicted of multiple felonies under New Jersey state law, including a 2016 conviction in Union County, for resisting arrest and eluding the police.