FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE JAMES S. NORTON EXTRADITED FROM CANADA TO FACE PENDING MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION CHARGE

TO: ALL NEWS MEDIA

FROM: PROSECUTOR GURBIR S. GREWAL

DATE: JANUARY 12, 2018

Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced that fugitive from justice, JAMES S. NORTON (DOB: 4/13/1971, single, and unemployed) of 10 Leoswamp Road, Hogansburg, New York was extradited from Canada by the United States Marshals Service to face sentencing on a marijuana distribution charge. This offense is the result of a 2010 investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.

In 2010, James NORTON distributed approximately eighty pounds of marijuana to a detective of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office who was acting in an undercover capacity.

James NORTON was charged and pled guilty to one count of Distribution of Marijuana in a Quantity Greater than twenty-five pounds, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5b(1), a 1st degree crime. After his guilty plea, NORTON became a fugitive from justice. He was later arrested and incarcerated in Canada on an unrelated charge.

On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Norton was returned to the United States with the assistance of the United States Marshals Service and remanded to the Bergen County Jail. He faces up to eight years in New Jersey State prison.

Prosecutor Grewal would like to thank the United States Marshals Service, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Department of Justice Office of International Affairs for their assistance in extraditing NORTON from Canada to the Bergen County Jail.

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