ELIZABETH – A judge has sentenced an Elizabeth man with an extensive list of prior convictions to eight years in prison for his role in a drug conspiracy broken up last year by federal, county and local investigators.
Barry Warren, 39, has eight prior drug convictions and 20 previous arrests. He was one of 19 suspected drug dealers taken into custody as a result of the police probe dubbed “Operation Old School” last year.
Warren pleaded guilty to racketeering charges earlier this year. He must serve four years in state prison before becoming eligible for parole under the terms of the sentence imposed by Superior Court Judge Douglas M. Fasciale.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Julie Peterman, who prosecuted the case, Warren was initially arrested in March 2007 when a police officer observed him stuff 17 vials of cocaine into a fence post in front of his home. Warren posted bail and was released, but was later arrested again following a wiretap investigation.
Warren was charged with violating the state’s racketeering statute between October 2007 and January 2008, according to Peterman. She said that Warren “conspired with other drug dealers to sell cocaine in order to raise money to post the bail for their supplier who had been previously arrested as part of the same wiretap investigation.”
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