A Cranbury man who plead guilty in September to dealing heroin across the Jersey Shore has been sentenced to 8.5-years in prison.

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer announced that David Jones, 45, of Cranbury, was sentenced to New Jersey State Prison with a fifty-one month period of parole ineligibility for Possession of Heroin with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1) and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(2).

Jones was also sentenced to three years in New Jersey State Prison for Conspiracy to Possess Cocaine with Intent to Distribute in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:5-2 and N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1).

Billhimer said that the sentences will run concurrently.

Jones was arrested and charged on February 26, 2019 following a nearly two-month long investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Strike Force into illegal drug activity in the Ocean, Monmouth and Mercer County areas.

Search warrants were executed on that date at an apartment in East Windsor as well as two motor vehicles.

Execution of those search warrants led to the discovery of evidence revealing that Jones was in possession of illegal narcotics for purposes of distribution in the tri-County area.

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