TRENTON – An Essex County man was sentenced to state prison Wednesday for his role in a multi-county automobile theft ring, Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced.
According to Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Riza Dagli, Abdullah Drake, 34, of Irvington, was sentenced to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle in Essex County. The sentence was based on Drake’s March 3 guilty plea to an accusation that charged him with second-degree fencing.
In pleading guilty, Drake admitted that on Nov. 10, 2009, he trafficked in a stolen 2008 BMW 750, valued at approximately $85,000, and a 2009 Nissan 370Z, valued at approximately $35,000, knowing that they had been stolen.
The sentencing is part of an ongoing investigation into a multi-county automobile and motorcycle theft ring. On Nov. 10, 2009, detectives from Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor and officers from the Essex/Union Auto Theft Task Force arrested six individuals in Newark alleged to be involved in the automobile theft trafficking ring.
Among the six individuals were Tito Moses, 36, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and Demond Conley, 36, of Irvington. Moses was sentenced on Sept. 22 to five years in state prison following his guilty plea on March 3 to second-degree fencing. Conley was sentenced in August to six years in state prison, including three years of parole ineligibility. Conley’s sentence was based on his guilty plea to second-degree charges of leading an auto theft trafficking network and eluding police.
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