Friday, July 29th, 2016
Guillermo Delacruz, 50, of Dover, was sentenced today in Superior Court to 11 years in State Prison, with 60 months of parole ineligibility for Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance – Cocaine, which is a first degree crime, it was announced by Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp.
A total of $57,055 of drug proceeds also was seized at the time of Delacruz’s arrest and was forfeited to the state, according to the prosecutor
Delacruz pleaded guilty to the charge on May 11. He was sentenced yesterday by Superior Court Judge Thomas J Critchley, Jr.
On Feb. 5, 2016, Dover Police Officer Timothy Thiel conducted a motor vehicle stop on Delacruz’s vehicle for his failure to wear a seat belt. During the investigation, a consent to search of his vehicle was obtained which led to the recovery of approximately 445 grams of Cocaine and $57,055 in cash. Delacruz ultimately admitted to transporting and selling the Cocaine.
Assistant Prosecutor Alexis M. Keller represented the State during the Court proceedings.
“Patrol Officers are on the front lines against crime every day,” said Prosecutor Knapp. “During this field investigation, Officer Thiel demonstrated his commitment to the law enforcement mission of public service and safety by removing a dangerous drug dealer from our streets,” he added.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Dover Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit for their assistance with this prosecution.
Inquiries should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.