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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Burlington County, New Jersey, Man Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison For Scheme To Rob Drug Dealers At Gunpoint

CAMDEN, N.J. – A Willingboro, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to rob a drug stash house of multiple kilograms of cocaine that he believed would be stored at the location, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Sean Forman, a/k/a “C-Life,” 43, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman to a two-count superseding information charging him with conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to distribute cocaine. Judge Hillman imposed the sentence today in Camden federal court.

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

In January 2014, Forman, Robert Smith, 43, of Trenton, Derrick Adams, 30, of Florence and Willingboro, New Jersey, and Daquon Basnight, 25, Jamiil McFarlane, 24, and Morris Muse, 36, all of Trenton, planned a gunpoint robbery of a drug stash house in order to steal kilograms of cocaine from dealers at the location. During an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Smith was recorded – in the presence of Forman – discussing his willingness, if necessary, to kill the occupants of the stash house. Smith and Adams, in text message conversations and recorded communications, discussed their plan to rob the stash house while posing as law enforcement.

ATF special agents arrested the conspirators when they arrived at a meeting location in Maple Shade, New Jersey, on Jan. 30, 2014. After searching the conspirators and their vehicles, the agents recovered five firearms – including a sawed-off shotgun and two stolen handguns – as well as numerous rounds of ammunition, a ballistics vest, masks, gloves, and zip ties.

In addition to the prison terms, Judge Hillman ordered Forman to serve five years of supervised release.

Basnight, McFarlane, Muse, and Adams all previously pleaded guilty to their roles and have been sentenced to prison. Smith was convicted at trial and sentenced to 360 months in prison in November 2016.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents with the ATF Camden Field Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Scott C. Curley in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s sentence. He also thanked the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Maple Shade Field Office, as well as the Burlington City and Burlington Township police departments, for their assistance in this case.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Justin C. Danilewitz and Howard Wiener of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Camden.

Defense counsel: Brian O’Malley Esq.

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Press Release Number: 
17-030
Updated February 8, 2017