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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
District of New Jersey
Philip R. Sellinger, United States Attorney
For Immediate Release
Thursday, August 3, 2023

Union County Man Sentenced to 61 Months in Prison for Illegally Possessing Firearm and Drug Trafficking

NEWARK, N.J. – A Union County, New Jersey, man was sentenced to 61 months in prison for illegally possessing fentanyl, heroin, cocaine and oxycodone for distribution and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced today.

William Murphy, 45, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo to an information charging him with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. Judge Arleo imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

On July 30, 2020, law enforcement officers executed search warrants at Murphy’s residence and found oxycodone pills; knotted bags containing mixtures of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl; a digital scale; a money counter; numerous empty vacuum sealed bags; and approximately $13,000 in cash. The officers also recovered a 9mm Taurus handgun, loaded with 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition, a magazine loaded with 12 rounds of 9mm ammunition and a box containing 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Arleo sentenced Murphy to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Newark Field Division, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Bryan Miller, and Elizabeth Police Department, under the direction of Chief Giacommo Sacca, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dong Joo Lee and Vince D. Romano of the Narcotics/Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit.


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