After a recent heroin sweep in northern New Jersey, authorities there have announced a program that could help individuals accused of drug possession avoid conviction. The initiative would direct drug crime cases to a special court and provide defendants with addiction treatment services and the possibility of having the drug charges dismissed if certain requirements are met.
During an eight-week crackdown on the sale of heroin in Paterson, 320 people were arrested. The names, ages, hometowns and photos of the accused were publicized in an effort to show that heroin addiction is a problem for people from a wide range of backgrounds.
A prosecutor from Bergen County noted that a professional baseball prospect, a soldier injured in Afghanistan, a public employee and a dental hygienist are among those facing charges. The ages of those arrested also range from 18 to 65.
Authorities claim that 40 dealers and 280 users of heroin were arrested. Thirty-two weapons, about $25,000, nearly 11,800 bags of heroin and 1,200 grams of raw heroin were seized, according to police.
Any time a person has been charged with drug possession, some important questions should be asked. For example, who was in control of the property where the drug was found? And did police have a valid reason to stop and search you?
Our criminal defense website has more on defending against simple drug possession charges.
Source: NJ.com, “Hundreds arrested in North Jersey anti-heroin effort, Bergen prosecutor says,” Noah Cohen, June 3, 2014