Federal agents have arrested a man on first-degree drug charges after seizing half a kilo of cocaine that allegedly was mailed to him and then finding 120 pounds of marijuana in a shed at his home in Egg Harbor Township.

23-year-old Jurggen Thomas was arrested at him home on West Jersey Avenue in EHT Tuesday afternoon following a joint investigation between local and federal law enforcement agencies.

According to authorities, their investigation began after a suspicious package that was mailed from Haiti to an address in Egg Harbor Township was intercepted by law enforcement. The package was found to contain half a kilo of cocaine. Cops coordinated a controlled delivery of the cocaine Tuesday to the address on the package that turned out to be the home of a friend of Thomas, whose address Thomas allegedly used to receive the package. A second controlled delivery was conducted at Thomas’ home where he was arrested. A search of the home where Thomas lives revealed five large bundles containing a total of 120 pounds of marijuana in a small shed in the backyard.

The first-degree drug charges carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.  The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

 

SOURCE: New Jersey Attorney General’s Office press release, 3/1/17

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