Edgewater New Jersey Woman Sentenced to Probation for Assisting Convicted Cocaine Dealer During Escape
A woman from Edgewater New Jersey will avoid prison after allegedly aiding a cocaine dealer during his escape from police.
According to officials, the 39-year-old suspect helped a convicted cocaine dealer who got away from federal custody in West Virginia. The escape occurred in April 2013 when the suspect was working on a cleaning detail.
After the suspect got away from the cleaning detail, he walked to a nearby auto body shop and called for a taxi. The cab then took the suspect to a Western Union location, where he picked up $200 which had been wired to him by the female suspect.
The suspect used the funds to buy a bus ticket and go to Philadelphia. From there, the suspect eventually made his way to Mexico.
The suspect was apprehended by authorities in Mexico in June 2014, at which time he was brought back to the United States. He was then taken to Fort Dix, where he will serve the remainder of this prison term. An additional 1 year and 2 months was tacked on to his sentence because of the escape.
The female suspect was apprehended in May 2013 and charged with hindering apprehension. She remained free on bail while awaiting sentencing.
Although the female suspect faced as many as 5 years in federal prison, she will instead serve 2 years of probation. Her sentence calls for her to wear an electronic monitoring device and remain at her residence.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “N.J. Woman Spared Prison for Aiding Drug Dealer’s Escape.”