|TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced that a Camden County man was sentenced today to a lengthy prison term for illegally possessing guns and drugs.
Reginald V. Brown, 37, of Lawnside, was sentenced to 23 years in state prison, including 11 ½ years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden. Brown was found guilty on Feb. 5 by a Camden County jury of all five counts against him in a May 2012 indictment. He was found guilty of possession of a gun as a convicted felon, possession of a gun while committing a drug offense, and possession of the narcotic painkiller oxycodone with intent to distribute, all second-degree offenses, as well as third-degree charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of the prescription anti-anxiety drug Xanax with intent to distribute.
“We’re making sure that drug dealers like this one who are caught with illegal guns face New Jersey’s tough sentencing provisions for gun crimes and repeat offenders,” said Attorney General Chiesa. “Drugs and guns are destroying too many lives in cities like Camden.”
“As this case demonstrates, we will continue to build cases targeted at guns and drugs, and, where necessary, we will try those cases to a jury to ensure a just result that will best protect our communities,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice.
Deputy Attorney General Erik Daab tried the case and handled the sentencing for the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. The investigation was conducted for the New Jersey State Police by Detective Michael Davis, who was lead detective, Detective Keith Lawyer, Detective Dorothy Quinn and Sgt. Salvator DiPaola. They were assisted by Special Agent Dan Brown of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
State Police detectives executed a search warrant and arrested Brown at his home on Gloucester Avenue in Lawnside on Oct. 18, 2011, after securing evidence that he was selling cocaine. In the master bedroom, they found a cooler pack holding two semi-automatic pistols, a revolver, and a .38-caliber tear gas pen gun containing a rifle bullet. The cooler also held two baggies of cocaine, hundreds of oxycodone pills, and 33 Xanax pills. Detectives also found crack cocaine in the bedroom.