New York Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine

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NEWARK, N.J. – A New York man was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for possessing more than 500 grams of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig announced.

Joseph McMaster, 58, of Queens County, New York, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Judge Martinotti imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

On June 8, 2019, McMaster was arrested after he traveled to Lyndhurst, New Jersey, to sell crystal methamphetamine. Agents conducting surveillance identified McMaster when he arrived at the meeting location. A search of his car recovered more than one pound of crystal methamphetamine.

On Sept. 13, 2021, in the Southern District of New York, McMaster was sentenced to 30 months in prison – to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed today – for violating the terms of his supervised release.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Martinotti sentenced McMaster to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Honig credited special agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Susan A. Gibson, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ray A. Mateo of the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Enforcement Unit in Newark.

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