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N.J. man pleads guilty on cocaine charges

CONCORD – Shariff Britton, 36, of Jersey City, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing more than 500 grams of cocaine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Scott Murray said.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on Feb. 15, 2018, a New Hampshire State Police trooper patrolling Interstate 95 stopped Britton for driving violations. Upon contact with Britton, the trooper smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed a marijuana “blunt” in plain view in the center console. During a consensual search, the trooper located a backpack containing a large quantity of cocaine. Britton was placed under arrest. After his arrest, Britton admitted that he was transporting the cocaine from New Jersey to Maine.

Britton is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 16.

“Interstate drug trafficking presents a serious threat to the health and safety of our citizens,” Murray said. “It is imperative that we interrupt the interstate transportation of cocaine and other dangerous drugs. I commend the New Hampshire State Police for their diligence in preventing over a kilogram of cocaine from being distributed.”

This matter was investigated by the New Hampshire State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Cam Le.