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Man sentenced to 20 years in state prison for drug, gun crimes in Morris County

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County man has been sentenced to 20 year in state prison for drug and gun crimes, according to Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll.

Ismael Lorenzo, Jr., 36, formerly of Victory Gardens was sentenced on August 25 before Judge Stephen J. Taylor and imposed an aggregate sentence of 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. The first 5 years of the sentence he will be ineligible for parole, Carroll said.

As part of this aggregate sentence, Lorenzo must serve a consecutive sentence of five years in prison on the possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and 5-year consecutive sentence on the money laundering count, Carroll said.

A Morris County jury on Jul 28 returned a verdict finding Lorenzo guilty on possession of a weapon while committing certain drug crimes, money laundering, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, and unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, Carroll said.

These crimes occurred in December 2019 in Victory Gardens Borough, Carroll said.

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, Crime Scene Investigation Unit, the New Jersey State Police, the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department, the Chatham Township Police Department, and the Rockaway Township Police Department for supplying personnel to the task force that participated in this investigation and prosecution, Carroll said.

Jay Edwards

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