Drug Enforcement Administration

New Jersey

Susan A. Gibson, Special Agent in Charge

April 01, 2019

Contact: Timothy P. McMahon

Phone Number: (973) 776-1143

Asbury Park man sentenced to 13 years in prison for distribution of cocaine base and violating federal supervised release

TRENTON, N.J. – Special Agent in Charge of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division, Susan A. Gibson, and U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey, Craig Carpenito, announced an Asbury Park, N.J., man was sentenced today to 13 years in prison on charges of drug distribution and violation of supervised release.

Sean Lambert, a/k/a “Pretty Tone,” 48, was sentenced to 120 months in prison for distributing cocaine base, commonly known as “crack,” from a residential building in Asbury Park. He was also sentenced to an additional 12 months in prison – to be served following his completion of a 120-month prison term – for distributing the crack while he was serving a term of federal supervised release. At the time of his arrest, Lambert was on supervised release after completing a 120-month sentence for illegally possessing a firearm.

Lambert pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael A. Shipp to an indictment charging him with two counts of distributing cocaine base and entered a guilty plea admitting to having violated his court-ordered terms of supervised release. Judge Shipp imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

On two occasions – Feb. 28, 2018, and March 9, 2018, Lambert sold cocaine base out of an apartment within a multi-family building in Asbury Park. During the second sale, Lambert sold over 28 grams of cocaine base.

When he was arrested, Lambert was on federal supervised release following a 2008 conviction – also in federal court in Trenton – for being a felon in possession of a firearm. As such, he was required to not commit another federal, state, or local crime during his period of supervision. Lambert admitted that, by selling cocaine base, he violated this condition.

Due to his having a prior first-degree drug distribution conviction in New Jersey, an enhanced penalty information was filed, increasing the mandatory minimum penalty on the drug distribution charge to 10 years in prison.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the DEA’s New Jersey Division, under the direction of SAC Gibson in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

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