SENTENCED: EIGHT YEARS FOR DRUG CHARGES

An Atlantic City man was sentenced to eight years in prison for drug offenses and obstruction, Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel stated.

Michael Wimbish, 27, must serve four years in prison before parole eligibility, and 18 months to be served concurrently for the obstruction charge. An Atlantic County jury convicted Wimbish in October of possession of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin and obstructing the administration of law, according to Assistant Prosecutor John Flammer.

On April 30, 2009 at 5 p.m. Atlantic City police responded to the Rite Aid located at 1723 Pacific Avenue for a report of a male possibly in possession of a handgun. Upon arrival, Officers Innocenzo Visceglia and Brian Hambrecht confronted the male who matched the description provided by store personnel. That man was later identified as Wimbish. During the course of the officers’ interaction with Wimbish the defendant ran a short distance. Wimbish was apprehended a short while later. No weapon was recovered, however police seized 40 bags of heroin from the defendant and he was taken into custody. In June of 2009 Wimbish was indicted for the crimes.
Prior to the arrest, Wimbish had prior convictions for distributing cocaine in a public housing zone and distribution of cocaine. During the sentencing today Assistant Prosecutor Flammer moved for a mandatory extended term due to the defendant’s prior history. Superior Court Judge Max Baker granted the motion.

“In the ongoing effort to keep illegal drugs off of the streets the legislature has provided strong sanctions for repeat drug offenders. In appropriate cases such as this one, it is important to know the state will seek extended terms of imprisonment to take these offenders off of the streets for as long as possible,” Assistant County Prosecutor Flammer said.