February 14, 2014

Middlesex County Man Sentenced for Bulk Mailing of Marijuana

A Middlesex County man has been sentenced to six years in state prison for arranging to have eight pounds of marijuana mailed to him from across the country, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.

Zachary Cohen, 24, of Edison must serve at least three years of the sentence before becoming eligible for parole, after which he will be subject to five years of parole supervision.

Cohen arrived at a Linden post office on August 2, 2013 to pick up his shipment of narcotics, which was mailed from a location in California, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jill O’Malley, who prosecuted the case. But a joint investigation involving the Linden Police Department and the United States Postal Service allowed authorities to intercept the shipment of eight individually wrapped one-pound parcels of marijuana as it arrived, O’Malley said.

Cohen pleaded guilty in the case in October 2013. He was sentenced Friday before state Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.