Plainfield man pleads guilty to heroin, weapons offenses

A Plainfield man is expected to be sentenced to 11 years in state prison after pleading guilty to drug and weapons charges, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.

Rafiq Grundy, 35, pleaded guilty before state Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue to first-degree possession of heroin with the intent to distribute and second-degree possession of a firearm during the course of committing a drug offense, according to Union County Assistant Prosecutor Jeremiah Lenihan, who is prosecuting the case.

Earlier this year Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Investigator Jason Mader initiated a three-week investigation into alleged drug sales being coordinated by Grundy in portions of Middlesex and Union counties, Lenihan said. The investigation ultimately grew to also involve the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force.

Grundy was arrested on February 24, and searches of his vehicle and residence turned up a total of approximately 16 ounces of heroin, numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia, and loaded .357- and .22-caliber handguns.

Sentencing has been scheduled for September 19, at which time Grundy is expected to be ordered to serve at least 5.5 years of his 11-year term before the possibility of parole.