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Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 16, 2012
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: November 16, 2012
††††††††† Johnel Dunlap (DOB 4/23/71) was sentenced to the term in New Brunswick on November 13, 2012, after pleading guilty on September 27, 2012 to a first degree count of being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network.
The term was imposed by Superior Court Judge Bradley Ferencz after a plea agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christine DíElia and Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Akesha Williams.
part of the plea agreement, Dunlap also pleaded guilty to a second degree
statute that prohibits certain persons from possessing firearms. He was
sentenced to a 10-year term, to run concurrently with the drug trafficking
count, for having a 9mm pistol during a search of his home and automobiles in
was among nine defendants who were arrested in 2010 following a series of
court-ordered searches in which investigators from the Middlesex County
Prosecutorís Office and the Somerset County Prosecutorís Office, as well as
police from local departments including
Also pleading guilty in September were top-level narcotics traffickers, identified as Dunlapís brother, William Newbill, (DOB 1/20/80) also of Elizabeth, and Ernest Bates (DOB 8/13/76) of New Brunswick.
Newbill and Bates each pleaded guilty to a second degree count of conspiring to distribute a controlled dangerous substance and a first degree count of distributing heroin. They are scheduled to be sentenced on December 3, 2012.
will be sentenced to serve 20 years in a
Bates will be sentenced to an 18-year prison term, with no chance of parole for 50 months.
drug trafficking ring was initially uncovered during an investigation that was
begun by authorities in
Investigators also determined that Newbill and Bates regularly obtained heroin from Dunlap, and then distributed it to other individuals named in the indictment that was handed up by the grand jury on July 31, 2010.