Posted Friday, June 1st, 2018
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that two former Morris County men have pleaded guilty to weapons and drug charges this week in hearings before Superior Court Judge Catherine I. Enright in Morristown.
Defendant Christian Mojica, 20, and originally from Dover, entered a guilty plea to first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute.
Defendant Naeem White, also 20, and originally from Wharton, entered a guilty plea to two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a weapon and second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
The weapons charges—normally second degree offenses — were elevated to first degree offenses for both men by virtue of the defendants’ prior robbery convictions.
The arrests and guilty please resulted from a joint investigation conducted by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Special Enforcement Unit/Narcotics Task Force, the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Mt. Olive Police Department, Dover Police Department, Byram Police Department, New Jersey State Police and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation culminated in the seizure of two handguns, 35 rounds of ammunition, more than one-half ounce of cocaine, more than six pounds of marijuana, drug distribution related paraphernalia and the profits of criminal activity in excess of $14,000 United States currency.
Assistant Prosecutor Erin Callahan represented the State at the plea hearings.
Mojica faces a 10-year state prison sentence with 42 months of parole ineligibility on the gun charge, and a concurrent 6-year period of incarceration on the drug charge. Both charges will run concurrently to the 5- year period of incarceration he is expected to receive (pursuant to the No Early Release Act) when he is terminated from Drug Court and re-sentenced on a second-degree robbery conviction.
White faces 11 years in prison with 48 months of parole ineligibility on the gun charges. His sentences will run concurrent to a 6-year term of incarceration on the drug charge. All three charges will run concurrently to the 5-year period of incarceration White is expected to receive (pursuant to the No Early Release Act) when he is terminated from Drug Court and re-sentenced on a second-degree robbery conviction.
The sentencing date for both Mojica and White is June 22.
Please direct inquiries to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.