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Atlantic County Felon Sentenced to 170 Months in Prison for Distributing Drugs and Possessing Firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

CAMDEN, N.J. – An Atlantic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 170 months in prison for his role in drug distribution and possession of a firearm as a felon, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Clay Brown, 30, of Pleasantville, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of distribution of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a firearm as a previously convicted felon. Judge Rodriguez imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court. 

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Brown distributed methamphetamine and fentanyl on multiple occasions to a confidential informant. The day that agents arrested Brown for drug distribution, Brown possessed a backpack containing a firearm and controlled substances that Brown intended to distribute to others. Brown has multiple prior felony convictions that make it unlawful for him to possess a firearm. 

In addition to the prison term, Judge Rodriguez sentenced Brown to five years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited special agents Homeland Security Investigations Newark, Atlantic City office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Robert Kurtz, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing. He also thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration, Newark Division, and the New Jersey State Police, Crime Suppression South Unit, for their assistance.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Bender of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden.

Updated October 26, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 23-316