Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the guilty plea entered by Pablo A. Home, 30 y/o, of Sparta, New Jersey on July 15, 2015 before the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C. Home pled guilty to one count of first-degree Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance with the Intent to Distribute (Cocaine), in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5a(1)b(1). The State is recommending ten (10) years New Jersey State Prison with thirty-one (31) months parole ineligibility. Defendant also agreed to forfeit $13,676.00 which were the proceeds of his drug distribution activity.
This plea is the culmination of a 3 month long investigation into the drug distribution/money laundering activity of Home. Money Laundering is also known as the financial facilitation of criminal activity. Home transported U.S. currency derived from his drug distribution activities. This case was initiated in February of this year based on intelligence gathered by a municipal patrol officer in the Borough of Wharton following a motor vehicle stop on Route 46. This intelligence ultimately led to law enforcement halting the importation of a large quantity of powder cocaine and crack cocaine into Morris County by Home.
This investigation concluded on May 21, 2015 with the motor vehicle stop and arrest of Home in Parsippany, New Jersey and the seizure of a quarter kilo of cocaine with a street value in excess of $12,000.00 as well as U.S. Currency.
Home has been lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility on a $200,000.00 no 10% bail set by the Honorable William J. McGovern, J.S.C.
This investigation was led by Assistant Prosecutor Anthony Scibetta and Detective George Tsimpedes of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Narcotics Task Force.
Prosecutor Knapp stated “This investigation and prosecution was a coordinated effort of our Narcotics Task Force and municipal police. Municipal law enforcement remains a critical element of narcotics interdiction and our special thanks go out to the Wharton and Parsippany Police Department’s for their vigilance.”
Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp specifically wishes to thank the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit (Narcotics Task Force), the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Borough of Wharton Police Department.
Home is scheduled to be sentenced before The Honorable Stephen J. Taylor on September 11, 2015.
Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault at 973-285-6262 or [email protected]orris.nj.us.