Queens man who tried to sell meth in Lyndhurst going to prison for 78 months: US Att’y

A Queens man who attempted to sell methamphetamines in Lyndhurst was sentenced Oct. 20 to 78 months in prison for possessing more than 500 grams of the drug with the intent to distribute it, U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said.

Joseph McMaster, 58, of Queens County, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Brian M. Martinotti in Newark federal court to an information charging him with possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On June 8, 2019, McMaster was arrested after he traveled to Lyndhurst to sell crystal methamphetamine. Agents conducting surveillance identified McMaster when he arrived at a meeting location. A search of his car recovered more than a pound of crystal meth.

On Sept. 13, 2021, in the Southern District of New York, McMaster was sentenced to 30 months in prison — to be served consecutively to the sentence imposed today — for violating the terms of his supervised release.

In addition to the prison term, Martinotti sentenced McMaster to five years of supervised release.

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