TRENTON –A former NJ Transit police officer was sentenced to five years in state prison today for possessing nearly four pounds of marijuana in his car which he intended to sell, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
Barrington Williams, 48, of Irvington, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle in Essex County. Williams pleaded guilty on March 10 to second-degree official misconduct, a charge contained in a July 9, 2009 state grand jury indictment obtained by the Division of Criminal Justice.
Williams was required to forfeit his job as a sergeant for the NJ Transit Police and will be permanently barred from public employment.
The prosecution resulted from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police Organized Crime Control Bureau North Unit and the Division of Criminal Justice.
State Police detectives arrested Williams on July 10, 2008, when they stopped his vehicle in Irvington. They executed a search warrant for the vehicle and found approximately 3.7 pounds of marijuana in five bags, $3,600 in cash, and Williams’ service handgun. The NJ Transit Police Internal Affairs Bureau assisted in the arrest. In pleading guilty, Williams admitted that he had the marijuana in his possession and intended to distribute it.
State Police Detective Sgt. Ronald Hampton coordinated the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Annmarie Taggart of the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau prosecuted the case and represented the state at the sentencing.
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