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Prosecutor charged with drug crimes in North Jersey

Defendants in drug cases come from all parts of the community. For example, a prosecutor for North Bergen Township was charged with helping drug traffickers transport marijuana from California to New Jersey and New York.

Marcanton Macri has been a prosecutor in North Bergen Township for 10 years. He was arrested on April 13 and charged with money laundering and facilitating criminal activity. He was released the next day on a $50,000 bond. Law enforcement claims that Macri was the link between the alleged traffickers and a bank manager who changed money for easier transport. Macri was suspended from his township job indefinitely without pay.

The arrest came after a two-month investigation of two alleged traffickers from Edgewater, New Jersey. They were apparently making regular trips from New Jersey to Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties in Northern California - the so-called Emerald Triangle of marijuana growing. They sent packages of high-grade pot from small-town post offices to associates in Edgewater and Brooklyn. Their most recent shipment, approximately 100 pounds with a street value of $400,000,

Macri is alleged to have helped link the two traffickers to a bank manager who provided $100 bills in exchange for smaller bills. Detectives were said to believe that this was done in order to make currency transport less obvious. Macri was charged with possessing or transporting more than $75,000 he knew or should have known was the result of criminal activity. These are second-degree felonies that carry a possible prison sentence of five to 10 years.

Macri, who was admitted to the bar in 1994, has no disciplinary history or ethics complaints against him, according to the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics.

Source: The New Jersey Law Journal, "Prosecutor Allegedly Laundered Money For Cross-Country Drug Traffickers," by David Gialanella, Apr. 16, 2012.

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