A defendant entered a guilty plea on Tuesday to possession of heroin, eluding, and possession of a weapon by a convicted person, in connection with three incidents that occurred in October and December 2010. He will be sentenced to nine years in prison in the fall, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.
In accordance with the plea agreement, Dawayne Fleming, 34, of Galloway Township and Egg Harbor Township, must serve five years before becoming eligible for parole. The drug arrest was the result of an Oct. 30, 2010 motor vehicle stop in Galloway Township. On Dec. 10, 2010, police pulled over Fleming for several motor vehicle violations. As the officer approached the defendant’s car, Fleming sped off eluding police until they were able to apprehend him. The following day a search warrant was executed at Fleming’s Liberty Court residence as a result of a lengthy investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office. During the search, authorities discovered a .45-caliber handgun, which he was prohibited from possessing due to a prior conviction for distribution of drugs. He was indicted in January and February of 2011, according to Assistant Prosecutor Emily Bell, who represented the state.
Fleming will be sentenced on Sept. 16.