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Atlantic County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To More Than Nine Years In Prison For Role In Heroin Conspiracy

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

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Pleasantville, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 110 months in prison for his involvement in a scheme to distribute heroin in around Atlantic County, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Nassaun Hines, a/k/a “Bubbles,” a/k/a “Nay,” 30, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to a superseding information charging him with knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute 100 to 400 grams of heroin, and possession of a firearm by 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:

From late 2009 and through May 2010, law enforcement officers identified a large-scale, criminal organization that distributed more than one kilogram of heroin throughout the southern New Jersey area. Jamal Reid, 30, of Mays Landing, New Jersey, was the organizer and leader of the ring.

Hines admitted that from January 2009 through May 2010, he sold quantities of heroin in Atlantic County and conspired with others in connection with his drug trafficking activity. Hines admitted that after Reid “fronted” him bulk amounts of heroin, Hines gave the drugs to other members of the conspiracy for distribution and collected payment on Reid’s behalf. In addition, Hines, who is a previously convicted felon, also admitted that he knowingly possessed a firearm on May 15, 2010.

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

Reid previously pleaded guilty to Count 1 and Count 2 of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin and possessing a firearm as a previously convicted felon. He was sentenced to 154 months in prison on May 28, 2015.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency Safe Streets Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, which consisted of officers from Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office, Atlantic City Police Department, Northfield Police Department and Pleasantville Police Department; and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge George P. Belsky, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason M. Richardson of the U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: John F. Renner Esq., Marlton, New Jersey

Updated July 14, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-273