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DeCavalcante family associate admits selling cocaine


James Heeney, an associate of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante crime family of La Cosa Nostra, Tuesday admitted his role in distributing more than 500 grams of cocaine.

36-year-old Heeney of Elizabeth, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William H. Walls to one count of conspiring to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine.

He was arrested in March 2015, along with eight members of the DeCavalcante crime family. Read about that bust here. Heeney admitted that between August 2012 and March 2013, in conjunction with other family associates, he sold more than one-half a kilo of cocaine to an undercover FBI agent for at least $30,000.

Two other DeCavalcante mobsters caught in this case pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.

The drug distribution count to which Heeney pleaded guilty carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, a maximum potential penalty of 40 years in prison and a $5 million fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 23, 2016.

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