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Ex-NJ Police Officer Admits Selling Painkillers

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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a former police officer who worked at a southern New Jersey college has admitted selling prescription painkillers to an undercover federal agent.

Marcus Taylor, of Sicklerville, recently pleaded guilty to a complaint charging him with distributing and possessing oxycodone-based pills with intent to distribute oxycodone. He faces up to 20 years in prison when he’s sentenced Nov. 14 and will forfeit $8,775 — the illegal profits obtained from his sale of oxycodone.

Taylor was a police officer at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey until he resigned in April.

But prosecutors say none of the drug transactions involved students there or took place at the school’s campus in Galloway Township, and Taylor never was in uniform when the drug sales were made between November 2012 and January 2013.

Taylor sold 537 oxycodone-based prescription pills to either an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer or a cooperating witness over five meetings, each of which occurred in Clementon.

Taylor arranged the meetings with the undercover officer through a series of text messages, prosecutors said. He discussed the price of the pills and his hope of fostering a long-term drug distribution relationship.

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