Senior Member of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Sell Heroin in New Jersey

TRENTON, N.J. – A senior member of a large-scale drug trafficking organization was sentenced today to 12 years in prison for distributing heroin in Ocean and Monmouth Counties and elsewhere in New Jersey, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced.

Robert Britt, a/k/a “True,” 45, of Asbury Park, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute heroin. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

Between March and May 2014, 21 other individuals, including numerous members of the drug trafficking organization, were charged in two separate criminal complaints with conspiring to distribute heroin and other related offenses. The complaint referred to the drug trafficking organization as the “Britt-Young DTO,” after two of its leading members, Britt and Rufus Young, a/k/a “Equan,” a/k/a “E-Money,” a/k/a “Kintock.”

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

Between July 2010 and March 2014, Britt conspired with others to distribute heroin in Ocean and Monmouth counties as part of the Britt-Young DTO. During his plea hearing, Britt admitted that he distributed between one and three kilograms of heroin in furtherance of the conspiracy and that he served as a manager or supervisor of the conspiracy.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Britt to five years of supervised release.

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited special agents of the FBI Red Bank Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas Grippo and Brendan Day of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Trenton.

Defense Counsel: Alyssa A. Cimino Esq., Fairfield, New Jersey

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