Ocean County Man Pleads Guilty To Drug Distribution

Michael Trotman (Photo courtesy Ocean County Prosecutor's Office)

BEACHWOOD – A Beachwood man pleaded guilty to drug charges after police found him with cocaine, oxycodone, marijuana, and cash during a traffic stop, announced Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer.

  On Dec. 16, 35-year old Michael Trotman pled guilty to Possession of Cocaine in a Quantity Greater than Five Ounces with Intent to Distribute before the Honorable Michael T. Collins, J.S.C. 

  Sentencing is scheduled for March 20, 2020, when the State will recommend a 12 year sentence in state prison with a five-year period of parole ineligibility.

  On May 30, 2018, Manchester Township Police Officers conducted a motor vehicle stop on Trotman’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle found a hidden compartment in the center console containing approximately 700 grams of cocaine, quantities of codeine, oxycodone pills, and marijuana – all packaged for distribution – as well as approximately $1,400 in cash. The drugs and cash were seized by police.

  Prosecutor Billhimer thanked Senior Assistant Prosecutor Robert J. Cassidy who handled the case on behalf of the State, and recognized the fine police work exhibited by the Manchester Township Police Department.