Two people accused of selling drugs out of an Orange County, New Jersey, hotel room were reportedly arrested for possessing 1,900 bags of heroin. The men, ages 29 and 30, also allegedly had stashes of crack cocaine and cash in the room. They are facing a variety of drug charges in connection with the accusations; those charges include possession with intent to distribute heroin.
Authorities report that the two men were found with the heroin, along with seven grams of crack cocaine and more than $2,300 in cash. They are both being held in the Ocean County jail because they have not posted the required $250,000 bail.
The arrest comes at the end of a month-long investigation into the matter, according to area law enforcement officers. Area residents are credited with providing the information that led to the investigation and subsequent arrests.
It is not clear exactly how much evidence authorities have amassed to connect the two men to the drug distribution operation. Furthermore, media reports do not indicate whether the men were part of a larger drug ring; if so, additional investigation may be required to determine the extent of their alleged drug crimes.
In this case, the pair may consider pleading guilty in order to obtain a reduction in the severity of their crimes. Possession of heroin is considered a third-degree felony in the state of New Jersey, and possession with intent to distribute likely carries an even more serious charge. A guilty plea could allow the men to negotiate for less severe charges. This is especially true if the men can provide additional information about drug operations in the area.
The men's attorneys may advise them to plead not guilty if local authorities have not acquired a significant amount of condemning evidence. The decision about whether to plead guilty requires careful consideration from both the criminal defense team and the two suspects.
Source: The Star-Ledger, "2 men allegedly used Ocean County hotel rooms to sell drugs," Tomas Dinges, March 14, 2013