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DeCavalcante Crime Family Associate Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Distributing Cocaine

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

NEWARK, N.J. – An associate of the DeCavalcante organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for his role in distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

James Heeney, 36, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Judge Walls imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

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

Heeney was arrested and charged by complaint in March 2015, along with eight members of the DeCavalcante crime family. At his plea hearing, he admitted that between August 2012 and March 2013, in conjunction with other family associates, he sold more than one-half a kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent for at least $30,000.  

In addition to the prison term, Judge Walls sentenced Heeney to four years of supervised release.    

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark; the N.J. State Commission of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Executive Director Lee C. Seglem; detectives of the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, under the direction of Executive Director Walter M. Arsenault; and the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park, for the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Senior Litigation Counsel V. Grady O’Malley and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Donnelly of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Organized Crime/Gangs Unit.

Defense counsel: Paulette Pitt Esq. Woodbridge, New Jersey.

Updated September 1, 2016

Drug Trafficking
Press Release Number: 16-205