A Middletown man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing over eight ounces of crack cocaine, according to Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler.
Jmin Ward, 36, of Middletown, was sentenced Monday by Orange County Court Judge Craig Stephen Brown to prison, and five years of post-release supervision, the DA's Office said,
Ward had pleaded guilty in December to criminal possession of a controlled substance for having possessed over eight ounces of crack-cocaine, the DA said.
At the time Ward pled guilty, he admitted that on April 20, he knowingly possessed the cocaine at his residence at 41 Woodlake Drive in the City of Middletown.
The cocaine was discovered when City of Middletown police officers, aided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Special Operations Group, executed a search warrant at Ward’s residence at 5 a.m. in the morning.
Ward had also been charged with two counts of criminally using drug paraphernalia, for possessing scales and packaging materials, which are commonly used in the drug trade.
“Major narcotics dealers deserve lengthy state prison sentences and this defendant’s conduct merited his being sentenced to twelve years in state prison,” said Hoovler. “Narcotics continue to be the number one driver of crimes throughout Orange County. My office will seek severe prison sentences for anyone who engages in the sale or possession of large amounts of narcotics."
The case was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Matthew Healy.
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