Ignacio Pimentel, a former Essex County Sheriff’s security officer, plead guilty today to illegally possessing a .40 caliber handgun.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Pimentel, 43, of East Orange is expected to be sentenced to five years in New Jersey State Prison.
On Sept. 1, 2017, detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, acting on a tip, arrested Pimentel in the 700 block of Mt. Prospect Avenue in Newark, while he was exiting a building where he was illegally working as an armed security guard. Pimentel was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine, carrying hollow point ammunition, and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, that he did not have a license to carry.
“While he was not a sworn sheriff’s officer, this defendant held a position of trust as a security guard with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department. He violated that trust by illegally possessing a handgun that he was not licensed to carry,’’ said Deputy Chief Assistant Prosecutor Walter J. Dirkin, who handled the case.