New Jersey man pleads guilty in federal court to Massena crack cocaine charge
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 5:48 pm

A New Jersey man has pleaded guilty to possession with the intent to distribute 104 grams of crack cocaine in St. Lawrence County in 2018.

Thomas Critten, 30, of Jersey City, made his plea Wednesday in federal court in Syracuse.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Brooks J. Bigwarfe.

As part of his guilty plea, Critten admitted that on Dec. 20, 2018, he brought 104 grams of grams of crack cocaine to Massena with the intent of distributing the drugs to another individual. Critten admitted he had hidden two bags containing crack cocaine in his underwear, and that police discovered the drugs during a search after his arrest on an unrelated charge.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby scheduled sentencing for June 24, 2020.

Critten faces at least five years and up to 40 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least four years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.

This case was investigated by the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Anderson.