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Kinnelon man sentenced to prison for drugs, weapons

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Kinnelon man has been sentenced to prison on drug and weapon charges, according to Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.

Richard J. Spielman 46, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Stephen J. Taylor, P.J.Cr. to 6 years in New Jersey State Prison. Spielman is required to serve 36 months before becoming eligible for parole.  Judge Taylor also imposed a concurrent 3 year state prison term with 12 months of parole ineligibility on the weapons count.

On July 9, Spielman entered guilty pleas before the Honorable Catherine I. Enright, J.S.C., to first-degree maintenance of a controlled dangerous substance production facility and second-degree unlawful possession of a machine gun.  As part of the plea agreement, Spielman forfeited nearly $6800 in United States currency.

The investigation, led by detectives from the Butler Police Department and Kinnelon Police Department, culminated on March 11, with the seizure of 1 fully automatic machine gun, 1 assault rifle, 79 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, approximately 10 pounds of marijuana, mushrooms, 2 shotguns, 4  rifles, 1 loaded handgun, high capacity magazines, silencers, throwing stars, metal knuckles, drug distribution related paraphernalia, nearly $6,800 United States currency, and a 2006 Jeep.

“The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to seek incarceration of convicted for-profit drug dealers and those who possess weapons in contravention of state and federal law. We hope that the sentences the Court imposed today serve to deter not just this defendant but others who engage in similar criminal activity,” Knapp said.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook