New Jersey Man Admits to Illegal Possession of Drugs and Firearm for Trafficking

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NEWARK, N.J. – William Murphy, 45, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, admitted yesterday to illegally possessing fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and oxycodone for distribution and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Murphy pleaded guilty to charges including being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Officers discovered drugs, a digital scale, a money counter, and a loaded 9mm Taurus handgun at his residence. The narcotics offense carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for July 20, 2023.

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