- Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal
Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced
that an Essex County woman was sentenced
today to state prison for possessing phencyclidine,
commonly known as PCP or “angel dust,”
which she intended to distribute last June.
Stephanie Afonso, 22, of Newark, was sentenced
to six years in state prison, with 36 months
of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court
Judge David H. Ironson in Morris County.
The sentence was based on Afonso’s
Nov. 20 guilty plea to possession of PCP
with intent to distribute.
In pleading guilty, Afonso
admitted that on June 4, 2009, she possessed
at least 10 grams of PCP, a hallucinogen,
which she intended to distribute. An undercover
investigation determined that Afonso intended
to distribute the PCP from her home. Afonso
was arrested on June 4, 2009 after members
of the Division of Criminal Justice executed
a search warrant at her residence.
Detective Louis Renshaw
and Deputy Attorney General Richard Queen
coordinated the investigation. Queen prosecuted
the case and represented the Division of
Criminal Justice at the sentencing.