A Cumberland County man was sentenced to prison last week for illegally distributing prescription narcotics. Tony McGowan, 51, of Millville, was sentenced to five years in state prison. McGowan pleaded guilty on Aug. 17 to two counts of second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, admitting that on two occasions, on Feb. 4 and Feb. 16, 2011, he sold oxycodone tablets outside a convenience store in Millville. In each instance, he sold 80 tablets to an undercover detective of the Division of Criminal Justice.
McGowan, who formerly was employed by the New Jersey Department of Human Services as a training technician at the Woodbine Developmental Center, was terminated by the Department of Human Services after his arrest on March 17, 2011 in this investigation. There is no evidence that McGowan obtained the narcotics from his place of employment. As a result of his guilty plea, he will be permanently barred from public employment in the state. He forfeited a Ford F-150 pickup truck and a Ford Econoline van that he used in his drug distribution activities.