Absecon Man Sentenced to 80 Months for Drug, Gun Offenses
Authorities say a man from Absecon has been sentenced to 80 months in prison for possessing large quantities of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine, along with a firearm.
Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig says 36-year-old Joseph Brandenberger previously pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin, 500 grams or more of cocaine, and 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, and possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon.
Honig's office says,
Brandenberger was arrested following an investigation that revealed he was using a rented storage unit to conceal a large cache of drugs and a firearm. Upon execution of a search warrant at the location on June 18, 2019, investigators seized 507.6 grams of heroin, 524.3 grams of cocaine, and 107.2 grams of methamphetamine, along with $1,812 in cash and drug packaging material. Investigators also found a loaded Tech-9 9mm handgun. As a previously convicted felon, Brandenberger is prohibited by federal law from possessing a firearm or ammunition.
In addition to the prison term, Brandenberger was also sentenced to five years of supervised release.
Honig credited numerous law enforcement agencies for the work that was done in this case, including the Department of Homeland Security; the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; and the Absecon Police Department.