Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo reported a drug set manager was sentenced Friday morning.


Superior Court Judge Edward McBride sentenced Tyree Custis, M/34, of Camden, to a nine year term of incarceration in a New Jersey state prison. Custis must serve four and a half years of that term before he is eligible for parole.


A jury found Custis guilty in August 2013 of Possession of CDS with Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS within 1,000 feet of a School Zone and two counts of Conspiracy.


During the trial Assistant Prosecutor Lee Brownstein presented evidence that Custis was the manager of a drug set at 28th and Washington streets in Camden. On March 30, 2012, Custis was observed in an alley near that intersection accepting $1,542 in cash from another man, who pulled the bills out of his pockets and shoes. Brownstein presented evidence this money was the proceeds from drug transactions. A stash of drugs was found behind the 2800 building of the Washington Street Apartments after police arrested Custis.


A warrant for Custis was issued after his conviction and he was a fugitive until arrested in Camden on November 15, 2013.