TRENTON – Attorney
General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice
Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that
a suspended NJ Transit police officer pleaded
guilty today to official misconduct for
possessing nearly 4 pounds of marijuana
in his car which he intended to sell.
Barrington Williams, 48,
of Irvington, who is suspended from his
position as a sergeant for the NJ Transit
Police, pleaded guilty today to second-degree
official misconduct, a charge contained
in a July 9, 2009 state grand jury indictment.
Williams pleaded guilty before Superior
Court Judge Michael A. Petrolle in Essex
Judge Petrolle scheduled
sentencing for June 16. The state will recommend
that Williams be sentenced to five years
in state prison. Williams must forfeit his
job and will be permanently barred from
The prosecution resulted
from an investigation by the New Jersey
State Police Organized Crime Control Bureau
North Unit and the Division of Criminal
Justice. State Police detectives arrested
Williams on July 10, 2008, when they stopped
his vehicle in Irvington. They executed
a search warrant for the vehicle and found
approximately 3.7 pounds of marijuana in
five bags, $3,600 in cash, and Williams’
service handgun. The NJ Transit Police Internal
Affairs Bureau assisted in the arrest. In
pleading guilty, Williams admitted that
he had the marijuana in his possession and
intended to distribute it.
State Police Detective Sgt.
Ronald Hampton coordinated the investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Annmarie Taggart
of the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs
& Organized Crime Bureau is prosecuting
the case and represented the Division at
the guilty plea hearing.