General Zulima V. Farber and Division of
Criminal Justice Director Gregory A. Paw
announced that a Burlington County man has
been charged with numerous drug-related
charges including possessing a firearm while
distributing controlled dangerous substances
to Director Paw, Anthony Petrucci, 36, of
Springfield Township, Burlington County,
was charged in a state grand jury indictment
filed by the Division of Criminal Justice.
The indictment charged Petrucci with first-degree
possession with intent to distribute CDS;
second-degree weapons, CDS and other offenses;
two counts of second-degree distribution
of a CDS; and three counts of third-degree
possession of a CDS.
Aug. 22 indictment alleges that on Jan.
5 and Feb. 14, 2006, Petrucci sold packages
of just under one-ounce of Methamphetamine
valued at more than $1,500 each at his residence
in Burlington County. An investigation by
the Division of Criminal Justice - Organized
Crime and Racketeering Bureau and the New
Jersey State Police determined that Petrucci
possessed more than 31 ounces of Methamphetamine
with the intent to distribute. The investigation
further revealed that, while selling the
Methamphetamine, Petrucci knowingly had
a SIG semi-automatic handgun in his possession.
investigation was coordinated by Deputy
Attorney General Christine D’Elia.
D’Elia presented the case to the state
grand jury. First-degree crimes carry a
penalty of up to 20 years in state prison
and a fine of up to $200,000, second-degree
crimes are punishable by up to ten years
in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000;
and third degree crimes carry a penalty
of up to five years in state prison and
a fine of up to $15,000.
indictment, which was handed up to Mercer
County Superior Court Judge Maria M. Sypek,
is merely an accusation. The defendant is
presumed to be innocent unless and until
proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.