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Three jailed for possession, distribution of narcotics

New Jersey authorities have arrested three people and seized about a quarter of a million dollars in illegal drugs after a search conducted by North Bergen police officers and representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The three defendants are facing drug charges in connection with the raid; officers said they found cocaine, heroin and crystal meth at the group's apartment.

All three of the defendants are charged with possession of dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy to distribute narcotics. In addition, they were charged with possessing drugs within 1,000 feet of a school and 500 feet of a public park. The last two factors could lead to higher sentencing protocol, considering that the individuals were using and possessing the drugs around children and unsuspecting families.

Official reports show that investigators executed the search warrant at about 3:30 p.m. on July 2. Three people, ages 23 to 27, were arrested in the raid. The drugs found at the apartment included about 180 grams of cocaine, 443 grams of crystal meth, 31 ounces of heroin and 4 ounces of marijuana. Also found in the apartment were 27 bullets.

The drugs were valued at $250,000 because they were high quality, uncut substances. This would give them more value on the street, according to investigators. Authorities said the arrests can be credited to the local Narcotics Unit, which is dedicated to preventing drug use and trafficking throughout the region.

These individuals would be well served to consider enlisting the services of a qualified criminal defense attorney. They are all currently in custody. While they are still in jail, they can seek out a high-quality defense attorney to help them understand more about the pending charges.

A criminal defense attorney can help you understand your legal options, from plea bargaining to seeking a jury trial. These legal professionals also protect your rights from arraignment to sentencing and beyond.

Source: www.nj.com, "$250K in drugs seized, 3 arrested in North Bergen raid, police say" Anthony J. Machcinski, Jul. 03, 2013

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