New Jersey Man Sentenced to 87 Months for Cocaine Offenses

1 min read
FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the United States Department of Justice headquarters in Washington, D.C.

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Ibn Spivey, age 31, of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison for possession with intent to distribute cocaine and cocaine base.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Timothy Foley, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), New York Division.

As part of his guilty plea, Spivey admitted that he possessed cocaine base and cocaine at a residence in Westport, New York, in Essex County.  On November 3, 2020, DEA agents executing a search warrant found Spivey and his co-defendant, James Kerns, sitting across from a large brick of cocaine and drug packaging materials, along with a large knife and a video surveillance monitor.  Near Spivey and Kerns was a lunchbox filled with cocaine base and powder cocaine.  Spivey, sitting across from Kerns, had a bag of cocaine base tucked down his pants. 

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Spivey to 4 years of supervised release following his incarceration.  Spivey has been in custody since his arrest on November 3, 2019.  The co-defendant, James Kerns, was sentenced last month to 110 months of incarceration following a four-day trial in July 2021.

This case was investigated by the DEA and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Troy Anderson and Katherine Kopita.

Related:  Oklahoma City Companies and Owner Pay Nearly $2 Million for Used Oil Processing, Transportation, and Storage Violations