Clifton Man Gets 8 Years for Role in Morris County Drug Ring

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A Clifton man who was one of 25 people charged last year with operating and supplying a drug ring in the county was sentenced Friday to eight years in prison, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said in a statement.

Prentice Melton, 49, who pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution charges in October, also forfeited $22,000 in cash.

In January 2016, the prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force identified Melton as a supplier of heroin and cocaine to George and Ronald Washington, two brothers from Morris County who sold the drugs in Morristown, Victory Gardens, Dover and other towns. Melton and the rest of the ring were arrested in March 2016 following an investigation.

Authorities also seized 55 grams of cocaine, 1,400 folds of heroin, packaging materials and ammunition.

Melton is the final defendant sentenced of the 25 who were arrested last year.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to aggressively pursue and prosecute for-profit drug dealers,” Knapp said. “The sentence imposed today by the court will hopefully deter those who currently engage in such similar criminal activity, and those who are considering this unlawful practice.”

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