Heroin Dealer from Trenton Sentenced to 9 to 18 Years in Prison

A Trenton man with a history of dealing heroin and fleeing from police on both sides of the Delaware River was sentenced this morning to serve nine to 18 years in state prison.

The sentence given Kevin D. Lewis today will begin after he finishes a New Jersey prison sentence for dealing heroin, fleeing from police and assaulting an officer there. About two years remain on that sentence.

Lewis, 28, pleaded guilty on Dec. 8 in Bucks County Common Pleas Court to two heroin sales in the summer of 2015 – one in Lower Makefield Township, the other in Morrisville.

On July 29, 2015, a confidential informant bought 50 bags of heroin from Lewis for $240 outside the Hampton Inn on Stony Hill Road.

On Aug. 4, 2015, an undercover Lower Makefield officer who had met Lewis on the earlier transaction purchased 49 more bags from him behind the Smokin’ Joe’s tobacco shop on East Trenton Avenue in Morrisville.

Police tried to arrest Lewis immediately after the second purchase, but he escaped after hopping a curb in his vehicle and almost striking the undercover officer. Lewis fled into Trenton at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour and disappeared into traffic.

He was arrested by police in Trenton the next day.

At the time, Lewis already faced charges for two heroin sales in Trenton in May and June of 2015, as well as for fleeing and eluding police and assaulting a Trenton officer.

After the first New Jersey transaction, Lewis had fled successfully from police at high speeds. After the second heroin deal, conducted outside of a drug treatment facility, Lewis and an accomplice had run over and fractured an officer’s foot as they tried to flee in their vehicle.  

Lewis was sentenced in December 2016 to two to five years for those crimes.

He also had served significant sentences for earlier convictions in New Jersey for selling heroin in or near school zones, throwing bodily fluid at police and fleeing and eluding.

Lewis’ prolific criminal history was assembled by Deputy District Attorney David A. Keightly Jr., who prosecuted the case, and read in court today.

Bucks County Common Pleas Court Judge Rea B. Boylan imposed sentences of 33 to 66 months for each of the two heroin deliveries here, as well as three and one-half to seven years for the fleeing and eluding charge. She ordered them to run consecutively, for a total of nine to 18 years.

Boylan cited the defendant’s extensive record, as well as the similar nature of his New Jersey crimes, as a reason for the lengthy sentence.