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Essex County, New Jersey, Man Gets 9 Years in Prison for Crack-Cocaine Distribution

JUNE 27 (NEWARK, N.J.) –Carl J. Kotowski, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, and William E. Fitzpatrick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey announced an Irvington, New Jersey, man who distributed multiple kilograms of crack-cocaine and powder cocaine was sentenced today to 108 months in prison.

Antonio Bivens, aka “Mo,” 44, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a superseding information charging him with one count of conspiracy to distribute 280 grams or more of crack-cocaine.  Judge Hayden imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

Bivens was a member of a drug trafficking organization supervised by Kenneth Hammond, aka “Saleem,” 49, also of Irvington. Bivens distributed multiple kilograms of crack-cocaine and powder cocaine out of two residences owned by Hammond in Irvington. In November 2015, law enforcement officers raided the residences and seized approximately two kilograms of crack-cocaine and 12 kilograms of powder cocaine.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Hayden sentenced Bivens to four years of supervised release. Hammond previously pleaded guilty to his role in the conspiracy and was sentenced on June 21, 2017 to 108 months in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Carl J. Kotowski, with the investigation.

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