A former senior state correction officer from Newark was sentenced to prison today for trafficking 22 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to New Jersey, according to acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman.
Eugene W. Braswell, 35, a former senior state correction officer who worked at Northern State Prison in Newark, was sentenced to 15 years in state prison, including five years of parole ineligibility, by Superior Court Judge Ann R. Bartlett in Warren County. Braswell pleaded guilty on March 15, 2011 to first-degree cocaine trafficking and second-degree official misconduct before Superior Court Judge John J. Coyle Jr.
“After Braswell killed another man in a shootout, the State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice uncovered that he was trafficking major quantities of cocaine into New Jersey,” said Acting Attorney General Hoffman. “We’ve put this corrupt correction officer on the right side of the cell bars.”
“Braswell and his co-defendants were major interstate suppliers of cocaine, and their activities fueled the type of gun violence that inevitably attends drug dealing, as evidenced by Braswell’s own involvement in a fatal shooting in Newark,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “By dismantling drug rings like this one, we are making the people of New Jersey safer.”
Braswell and five other men were charged in an Oct. 15, 2009 indictment stemming from an investigation by the New Jersey State Police and the Division of Criminal Justice. All of the defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to state prison.