Drug related crimes are regarded as very serious, and law enforcement agencies do everything possible to prevent offenders from committing these types of crimes. New Jersey police arrest many people every year for possession of heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other prohibited drugs. A conviction for drug possession may produce devastating results for those involved.
Recently, police in Springfield, New Jersey arrested two young men and charged them both with possession of prohibited drugs and narcotics. The suspects were in an S.U.V. that police had stopped for running a red light. Police officers searched the vehicle and reportedly found the suspects in possession of prohibited drugs.
Police have charged the two men with possession of heroin, possession of prescription legend drugs and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school zone. In addition, police have also charged the men with narcotics possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a public park and for possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
In New Jersey, drug possession is a serious crime, and the punishment for it varies depending upon the type and quantity of the drug. The offense becomes more serious and may involve a harsher punishment if the suspect intends to distribute in a school zone.
Convictions on drug charges can have serious consequences, not only because of the punishments involved but also because of the lasting social stigma that is attached to possession with intent to distribute charges. Even after their official punishment is over, people convicted on such charges may experience difficulty in obtaining employment for many years following the incident. Therefore, it is important that possession charges are met with a vigorous defense in order to receive a fair and favorable outcome.
Source: springfield.Patch.com, “Police: Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust,” Adam Bulger, Oct. 19, 2012