A 28-year-old Brick man was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison Tuesday for his role in a heroin trafficking ring that operated in Ocean and Monmouth counties, as well as other locales in New Jersey.
Richard Durham previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to a single-count charge of conspiring to distribute heroin. Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.
Durham, prosecutors said, was part of the Britt-Young DTO, a trafficking organization led by Robert Britt and Rufus Young, among other individuals. From November 2013 through March 2014, Durham conspired with Young and others to distribute heroin in Ocean and Monmouth counties as part of the organization. At his plea hearing, Durham admitted he possessed and distributed between 60 and 80 grams of heroin.
In March 2014, 19 other alleged members of the drug trafficking organization were criminally charged. Thus far, 14 have pleaded guilty.
In addition to the prison term, Sheridan sentenced Durham to serve three years of supervised release.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, Red Bank Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.
A photo of Durham was not available.