CUMBERLAND COUNTY MAN SENTENCED IN DRUG POSSESSION CASE

A Superior Court Judge sentenced a 36-year-old Cumberland County man to three years in prison on Friday for possession of drugs with the intent to distribute, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

Pedro Rivera, 36, of Vineland, must serve one year of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Rivera plead guilty on March 8, 2011, to one count of possession of MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, with the intent to distribute.

On July 5, 2010, Rivera was a passenger in a car that was pulled over by officers with the Hamilton Township Police Department on Route 40 in the township. During the traffic stop, Rivera was found in possession of 22 Ecstasy pills and $769, and was arrested. He was indicted on Aug. 10, 2010, according to Assistant Prosecutor Kelli Fallon, who represented the state.

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