New Jersey man convicted of transporting cocaine

A New Jersey man was convicted on drug charges after a jury trial before Centre County Judge Pamela A. Ruest on Tuesday.

Jason Randolph, 31, of Newark, N.J., faced a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver cocaine and misdemeanor charges of having drug paraphernalia, a controlled substance and an instrument of crime stemming from an incident on Interstate 80 in March 2013.

State police said they stopped Randolph because the window tint on the minivan he was driving was too dark and his license plate was obscured. The van was searched and police found a secret compartment in the vehicle, according to court documents.

Troopers found 546 grams of cocaine with a street value of $55,000 in the compartment, according to the district attorney’s office.

Randolph had been free on $75,000 bail, which was revoked immediately after trial. He is in Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $300,000 bail, according to court documents.

“This case highlights the outstanding work the Pennsylvania State Police do every day to stop the flow of drugs from making it into our communities from the highway,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a release.

Jason Dunkle, Randolph’s attorney, did not return a call for comment.