From Police Officer to Pot Dealer

Friday, Jul 16, 2010  |  Updated 5:01 PM EDT
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From Police Officer to Pot Dealer

A NW Side house fire leads to the discovery of 130 pot plants, 10 pounds of dried marijuana and equipment used in a "very sophisticated" growing operation.

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A former New Jersey Transit police officer has been sentenced to five years in state prison after pleading guilty to having nearly 4 pounds of marijuana in his car.

  Forty-eight-year-old Barrington Williams of Irvington admitted that he intended to sell the pot.
 
New Jersey State Police arrested Williams in July 2008 after stopping his vehicle in Irvington.
 
They found 3.7 pounds of marijuana in five bags, $3,600 in cash and Williams' service handgun.
 
The arrest was triggered by a state police Organized Crime Control Bureau and Criminal Justice investigation.
 
Under the sentence imposed Friday, Williams is barred permanently from public employment.

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