A Camden man who sold crack cocaine to an undercover police officer was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison, officials said. Nafeez “Feez” Griffin, 31, will also be subjected to three years of supervised release after finishing his sentence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
Griffin was part of a drug dealing organization when he sold the narcotics on Lansdowne Avenue in the city on Nov. 30, 2015, authorities said. He was charged Sept. 9, 2016 after a lengthy investigation by the FBI’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force.
He pleaded guilty in June to distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Fellow members of the crew supplied drugs to Griffin and he made separate crack deals, according to court filings.
Authorities said the investigation led law enforcement officers to seize two handguns used by members of the drug distribution crew as well as narcotics. Investigators also used court-approved wiretaps to intercept cell phones used by members of the ring.
Duncan Smythe was driving to a Fourth of July gathering at a friend’s home in Sussex County when he saw a car veer across the road on Route 80 and strike a Toyota on the shoulder with a great amount of force.
The driver of the vehicle on the shoulder, Michael O’Brien, was outside of his car adjusting his bicycle when he was struck by Mary Potts, 72, and killed instantly. A rear passenger in O’Brien’s car, Mary Briggs, was critically injured and taken to Morristown Medical Center.
Smythe pulled Mary Potts and her passenger out from her car, which was fully engulfed in 90 seconds.
Peiran Chi, a 20-year-old woman who was a passenger in a Mercedes Benz, died on Monday in a collision with another car in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80. Chi was a rear passenger in the Mercedes, among two other occupants—the driver and a front passenger—both of whom suffered minor injuries. An initial report said that the Mercedes spun out of control, hit a guardrail, flipped over and struck several trees off the highway. The Mercedes had apparently caught fire, but the driver and front passenger escaped before the fire ignited. Chi was thrown out of the Mercedes after the crash with the Mitsubishi, and was pronounced dead at the scene
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