A Springfield man with ties to a motorcycle gang was sentenced to seven years in state prison for possession of large quantities of methamphetamine that he intended to distribute, authorities said Friday.
Anthony Petrucci, 40, will be required to serve at least 3 1/2 years before he is eligible for parole, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.
The sentence was handed down Friday by Superior Court Judge Jeanne T. Covert in Mount Holly and was based on Petrucci’s guilty plea to first-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance.
During his plea hearing, Petrucci admitted that on Feb. 14, 2006, he was in possession of at least 5 ounces of methamphetamine that he intended to distribute.
The drugs were discovered during a New Jersey State Police raid of Petrucci’s Juliustown Road home. About 2 1/2 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $50,000 were seized along with two loaded handguns, four vials of anabolic steroids and $15,000 in cash, authorities said.
At the time of the arrest, New Jersey State Police described Petrucci as a midlevel methamphetamine dealer who was associated with the Warlocks motorcycle gang but not a full member. The gang, which was once believed to be active in six Burlington County towns, is considered violent and active in drug trafficking.
Petrucci pleaded guilty on Nov. 9, the day his trial was scheduled to begin. He previously rejected an offer from county prosecutors to plead guilty in exchange for a 14-year sentence.
Petrucci previously served just over three years in state prison for a 1997 weapons conviction out of Mercer County, according to the New Jersey Department of Corrections.