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MOUNT HOLLY TWP. – A Burlington County man was sentenced to seven years in state prison Friday for possessing a large quantity of methamphetamine that he intended to distribute.

Anthony Petrucci, 40, of Springfield Township, will have to serve half his sentence before being eligible for release on parole, Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert said. The sentence was based on Petrucci’s guilty plea to first-degree possession with intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. The charge was contained in an Aug. 22, 2006 state grand jury indictment. Petrucci pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, the day that his trial was scheduled to begin.

In pleading guilty, Petrucci admitted that on Feb. 14, 2006, he possessed at least five ounces of methamphetamine that he intended to distribute.

Following an undercover investigation, police executed a search warrant at Petrucci’s residence on Feb. 14, 2006 and found more than two pounds of methamphetamine. The search also revealed two handguns, four vials of an anabolic steroid, ammunition and over $15,000 in cash.

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