- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A former police officer who worked at a southern New Jersey college is now headed to prison for selling prescription painkillers to an undercover federal agent.

Federal prosecutors say Marcus Taylor received a 31-month sentence on Tuesday. The 41-year-old Sicklerville resident had pleaded guilty last August to a complaint charging him with distributing and possessing oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Taylor was a police officer at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey until he resigned in April 2014.

Prosecutors say none of the drug transactions involved students at the school or took place at its campus in Galloway Township, and Taylor never was in uniform when the drug sales were made between November 2012 and January 2013.

Taylor sold 537 oxycodone-based prescription pills to either an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration task force officer or a cooperating witness over five meetings, each of which occurred in Clementon.

Taylor arranged the meetings with the undercover officer through a series of text messages, prosecutors said. He discussed the price of the pills and his hope of fostering a long-term drug distribution relationship.

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