A Burlington County man now potentially faces up to life in prison and millions of dollars in fines after he admitted his role in a scheme to possess and distribute guns and drugs.

On Wednesday in Trenton federal court, 43-year-old Nicholas Layton of Mount Holly pleaded guilty to one count each of,

  • Conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
  • Possessing with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine
  • Possession of firearms by a convicted felon.

According to court documents,

  • In December of 2018, Layton and a conspirator were stopped in Crawford County, Arkansas, in possession of over three kilograms of methamphetamine.
Crawford County, Arkansas - Photo: Google Maps / TSM Illustration
Crawford County, Arkansas - Photo: Google Maps / TSM Illustration
  • In July 2019, Layton possessed two firearms; a rifle and a shotgun after having been previously convicted in New Jersey of a drug trafficking offense.
  • At the time of his arrest in August 2019, Layton possessed approximately 200 grams of methamphetamine.

The drug trafficking counts to which Layton pleaded guilty carry a sentence of ten years to life in prison and a fine of up to $10 million.

The firearms offense carries up to a decade behind bars and a $250,000 fine.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 15th.

U.S. Attorney Philip Sellinger thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the New Jersey State Police; the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office; and the Arkansas State Police for their work in this case.

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