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Passaic County Man Sentenced to 125 Months in Prison for Possessing Fentanyl and Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking

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

NEWARK, N.J. – A Passaic County, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 125  months in prison for possessing fentanyl for distribution and possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking, U.S. Attorney Philip R. Sellinger announced.

Jessie Mayfield, 61, of Paterson, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Evelyn Padin in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, one count of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

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

On Aug. 24, 2021, Mayfield possessed a quantity of fentanyl that was packaged for distribution, with the intent to sell it. He also possessed a Ruger .22 caliber pistol, along with a box containing 95 .22 caliber long rifle cartridges.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Padin sentenced Mayfield to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Sellinger credited the members of the New Jersey State Parole Board, under the direction of Chairman Samuel J. Plumeri Jr.; Paterson Police Department, under the direction of Officer in Charge Isa Abbassi; and special agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Ross A. Marchetti, Newark Field Division, with the investigation leading to the sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dong Joo Lee of the Cybercrimes Unit.

Updated June 12, 2024

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 24-229