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Searches of Passenger, Vehicle and Residence Lead to Drug Charges

All of these matters may be of importance to three young men who were recently arrested in New Jersey. According to police, someone called 911 to report an erratic driver. The vehicle in question was said to be a white van. A police officer saw a vehicle that purportedly fit the description. Police say the vehicle was parked at a residence, and a 25-year-old male passenger was inside the van.

According to police, a pat down was conducted because the young man seemed nervous and was unable to explain the driver’s whereabouts. The police claim to have found marijuana in the course of the pat down, and the passenger was subsequently charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams.

The 23-year-old driver was located, and police claim that his story and the passenger’s story conflicted. At some point a third man, 28, spoke with police and allegedly said that the arresting officer had interrupted a drug delivery.

The police claim that a search of the vehicle and the residence uncovered 100 Xanax pills, 82 bags of heroin, more marijuana and other prescription drugs. The three men are charged with various drug offenses, and a court date has been scheduled for early June.

If you have been accused of a drug crime after a traffic stop, then it is extremely important that you know your rights. Police officers do make mistakes, and a criminal defense attorney can help ensure that an illegal search and seizure doesn’t result in long-term negative consequences for the accused.

Source:, “Three charged in Cresskill drug bust,” Marc Lightdale, May 29, 2014