Jersey City man convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun while distributing heroin | USAO-NJ

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NEWARK, NJ – A Jersey City man was convicted today of being a felon in possession of a gun and carrying a gun to facilitate the distribution of heroin on the streets of New Jersey, Interim Prosecutor Rachael A. Honig announced.

Raymond Petway, 38, was convicted of one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of being a criminal in possession of a firearm and one count possession of a firearm in drug trafficking following a three-day trial before U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty in Newark Federal Court.

According to the documents filed in this case and the evidence at trial:

On September 21, 2017, law enforcement officers from the Jersey City Police Department observed Petway, a convicted felon, selling heroin on Woodlawn Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Jersey City as he was in possession of a loaded and stolen High-Point 9mm handgun. .

The count of possession with intent to distribute heroin carries a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The count of being a felon in possession is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The charge of possession of a firearm for the purpose of drug trafficking carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, which shall run consecutively to the sentence imposed on the count of drug trafficking. The sentence has not yet been set.

Acting US Attorney Honig credited the Jersey City Police Department, under the direction of Director of Public Safety James Shea; special agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews in Newark; and the Forensic Lab of the Hudson County Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Hudson County Attorney Esther Suarez, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty verdict.

This is a case of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). The NHP is designed to create and support safer communities through a sustained reduction in violent crime. The effectiveness of the program depends on the coordination, cooperation and continued partnerships of local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies and community organizations working with the communities they serve – committed to a unified approach. coordinated by the US attorney in all 94 districts.

The government is represented by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Meriah Russell of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden and Assistant U.S. Attorney Sammi Malek of the National Security Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark.


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