Bridgeton Man Sentenced to 9 Years on Drug and Gun Charges
Authorities say a man from Bridgeton has been sentenced to nine years in state prison on drug and weapon charges.
Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae says 31-year-old Juan Gonzalez-Escobar pleaded guilty at an arraignment in January; he was found guilty of second-degree Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine and second-degree Unlawful Possession of a Weapon.
Webb-McRae's office says,
On November 4, 2019, February 11, 2020 and February 25, 2020, law enforcement conducted surveillance on Juan Gonzalez-Escobar, who was identified as a known crystal methamphetamine and cocaine trafficker in the Bridgeton and Vineland areas. On March 9, 2020, a search warrant was executed on Mr. Gonzalez-Escobar’s residence and included a controlled-buy vehicle takedown. Mr. Gonzalez-Escobar left the target residence and entered the target vehicle. Law enforcement arrested Gonzalez-Escobar who was in the front seat. A search of Gonzalez-Escobar produced a High Point 9mm pistol located inside his jacket. A search of the target vehicle produced approximately 1 pound of crystal methamphetamine. A search of the residence revealed 8 grams of crystal methamphetamine packaged for distribution.
Gonzalez-Escobar was sentenced on Monday to nine years in state prison for the CDS offense; concurrent to five years and he must serve three and a half years for the weapon offense.
The investigation into Gonzalez-Escobar's activities were conducted by the New Jersey State Police and the United States Drug Enforcement Agency.
SOURCE: Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office press release, 03/23/21