A New Jersey truck driver was sentenced to six years in a state prison after pleading guilty to participating in a cargo theft ring.
Mohammed Nazzal, 38, of North Bergen, N.J., pleaded guilty on Feb. 26 to one count of criminal conspiracy and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property. The sentencing occurred on July 3 as part of a plea agreement the defendant reached with the state’s attorney general’s office.
Nazzal was part of a ring that stole 2,380 carpets worth approximately $500,000 from a company called SRV Team Logistics in Little Ferry in July 2011,as well as the theft of $250,000 in designer clothing from a victim named Harjinder Singh in Passaic in early 2011.
The conspiracy charge stems from evidence that between Dec. 19, 2010, and July 29, 2011, Nazzal and other unnamed co-conspirators met with the purpose of “promoting or facilitating the commission of the crimes of theft of movable property, theft by receiving stolen property and fencing,” according to charging documents filed in connection with the case.
Peter Aseltine, a spokesman with the state attorney general’s office said the cargo ring also stole a variety of products from warehouses and trailers in the three-county area around Carlstadt, Garfield and North Bergen.
In March, the New Jersey state legislature unanimously approved a bill aimed at deterring cargo theft by tacking on stiffer penalties for those crimes, including fines and jail time.
Aseltine said those penalties were not in effect for Nazzal, who reached his plea deal with prosecutors before the bill became law.
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