Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Valerie A. Nickerson, Special Agent in Charge

September 12, 2011

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1100

New Jersey Man Sentenced To 87 Months In Prison For Possessing Oxycodone For Sale Illegally

CAMDEN, N.J. - Brian R. Crowell, the Special Agent in Charge of the New Jersey Division of the Drug Enforcement (DEA) and Paul J. Fishman , the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, announced a Rio Grande, N.J., man who traveled to Florida 29 times to illegally obtain and distribute oxycodone was sentenced today to 87 months in federal prison for possession of the drug with intent to distribute.

Joseph Baker, 44, pleaded guilty Feb. 23, 2011, before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an Indictment charging him with illegally possessing oxycodone with the intent to distribute it. Judge Rodriguez also imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

Baker was arrested at Atlantic City International Airport on October 21, 2008. During a lawful search incident to the arrest, law enforcement located and seized quantities of oxycodone. Baker had traveled to Florida and brought the drugs back with him the same day on a return flight to Atlantic City, N.J. Baker admitted that he intended to distribute a portion of the oxycodone seized.

Baker also admitted that he made similar, one-day round trips from New Jersey to Florida on 28 other occasions between 2004 and 2008, obtaining oxycodone which he intended to distribute on each occasion. Baker does not have a license permitting him to distribute oxycodone or any controlled substance.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez ordered Baker to serve three years of supervised release.

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