A Lawnside man was sentenced to 23 years in state prison Friday for illegally possessing guns, cocaine, and prescription drugs.
Reginald V. Brown, 37, who was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Irvin J. Snyder in Camden, had been found guilty by a jury in February of five criminal counts, according to a spokesman for the state Attorney General's Office.
After obtaining evidence that Brown was selling cocaine, state police searched his Gloucester Avenue home and found a cooler pack holding two semiautomatic pistols, a revolver, and a .38-caliber teargas pen gun containing a rifle bullet. The cooler also contained two baggies of cocaine, hundreds of oxycodone pills, and 33 Xanax pills, an antianxiety medication. Detectives also found crack cocaine at the residence.
Brown had a felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
"We're making sure that drug dealers like this one who are caught with illegal guns face New Jersey's tough sentencing provisions for gun crimes and repeat offenders," Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said in a statement. "Drugs and guns are destroying too many lives in cities like Camden."
Brown will be ineligible for parole for 111/2 years.