New Jersey Man Sentenced to Prison for Firearm and Drug Charges

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NEWARK, NJ — A Union County, New Jersey, man who was previously convicted of several felonies was sentenced to 144 months in prison for possessing and intending to distribute cocaine and oxycodone and for illegally possessing a handgun in furtherance of his drug distribution, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Arthur Forman, 39, of Plainfield, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Katharine S. Hayden to a superseding information charging him with possession with the intent to distribute cocaine and oxycodone, possession of a firearm in the course of committing that narcotics offense, and being a previously convicted felon in possession of a handgun. Judge Hayden imposed the sentence on June 9, 2022, in Newark federal court.

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

During an encounter with the Plainfield Police Department on Oct. 13, 2017, Forman resisted arrest by choking a Plainfield detective. While trying to evade capture, Forman transferred a bag containing the cocaine and firearm to a family member, who attempted to dispose of the bag and its contents by throwing it out a window. During a subsequent search of Forman’s bedroom, Plainfield police officers found numerous oxycodone pills and paraphernalia used to grind pills and package drugs for sale. Forman was previously convicted of multiple felonies under New Jersey state law, including a 2016 conviction in Union County, New Jersey for resisting arrest and eluding the police.

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U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the leadership of Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey L. Matthews; the Plainfield Police Department, under the leadership of Police Director Lisa Burgess; and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Prosecutor William A. Daniel, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joshua L. Haber and Deputy Chief Desiree Grace of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

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