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Morris County jury convicts Victory Gardens man of weapons, money, drug crimes

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – A Morris County jury convicted a Victory Gardens man of weapons, money, and drug crimes Thursday, officials said.

After a two week jury trial, a Ismael Lorenzo, Jr.,36, was convicted on possession of a weapon while committing certain drug crimes, money laundering, possession with intent to distribute controlled dangerous substances, and in a bifurcated proceeding following the jury’s verdict on the first three counts, unlawful possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, in a case brought by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, authorities said.

The jury returned the guilty verdicts after deliberating for approximately four hours.

Lorenzo, Jr., remained in custody after the verdicts were announced and will be sentenced on August 25, officials said.

Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood and Chief of Detectives Chris Kimker thanked the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, the New Jersey State Police, the Parsippany-Troy Hill 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. The office also thanked the Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s K9 Unit, the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, and the Crime Scene Investigations Unit, whose efforts contributed to this successful prosecution.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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