Three men from Jackson were recently arrested on charges ranging from joyriding to cocaine possession. A police lieutenant approached the men after observing what he claimed was suspicious behavior in a store parking lot, and a subsequent investigation revealed that a car in which one of the men was sitting had been reported stolen by a car rental company.
A search reportedly turned up firearm ammunition, some of which had hollow points, and a scale with residue suspected to be cocaine. The 27-year-old man behind the wheel of the car had apparently rented the vehicle but never returned it. He is now accused of receiving stolen property and possessing hollow-point bullets.
A 30-year-old man was charged with joyriding (or unlawful taking means of conveyance), possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine.
The third man, 27, was also charged with joyriding. He was the only one of the three who had bailed out of jail at the time of a Nov. 18 report.
As with any criminal case, the circumstances of the arrest should be duly scrutinized. The consequences of being convicted of a drug crime or a weapons offense can be long-term and costly, and New Jersey residents accused of such crimes should be aware of their defense options.
Police officers are required to follow proper procedure when gathering evidence and making an arrest, and if a suspect's rights were violated during the course of an arrest or a search and seizure, then any illegally obtained evidence cannot be used against the defendant.
If you would like to learn more about criminal defense in New Jersey, our drug possession page is a good place to start.
Source: Asbury Park Press, "Jackson cops arrest 3, seize drugs, stolen car, weapons and ammo," Margaret F. Bonafide, Nov. 18, 2013