Sunday, February 1, 2015

Ex-Stockton officer admits selling pills

A former police officer at Richard Stockton College admitted Thursday that he sold hundreds of oxycodone pills for $15 apiece in Camden County, pleading guilty to distribution charges.

Marcus Taylor, 41, of Sicklerville, entered his plea before U.S. District Judge Renee Marie Bumb to distribution and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone. He will forfeit the $8,775 that he was given over the course of five sales, and agreed to a sentence of 37 to 46 months in prison, subject to review.

From November 2012 through January 2013, Taylor sold 537 oxycodone-based pills to an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer or a cooperating witness, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release announcing the plea.

The sales were arranged by text messages, the office said, and Taylor met five times with the officer or witness in Clementon. He told the agent the 30-milligram oxycodone pills he sold came from a doctor's prescription.

"If you gonna be a good customer for me and buy these every 28 days for 15 bucks, I won't give these to nobody," he said at a meeting Nov. 28, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

At one meeting, Taylor also sold other pills.

Taylor was an officer in the Stockton police department, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. The transactions did not include students or take place on the Stockton campus, and he was not in uniform when the sales were made. Taylor resigned in April.

He is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 14. - Jonathan Lai

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