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3 New Jersey men detained for drug, fake ID operation

Wayne police say that three men were detained after a four-month-long investigation surrounding the sale of fake IDs to high school kids and drug dealing. A 20-year-old man allegedly organized the fake ID and drug operation with his 19-year-old brother and a 20-year-old friend. Police say that they began investigating the trio in March when the man believed to be leading the operation went to the DMV to take a license exam with fake documents.

In May, a young man went to Bottle King on Route 23 to buy some Jack Daniel's with a Rhode Island driver's license that police say was fake. Other employees reported a rise in fake Rhode Island licenses, and more than 50 were confiscated at local high schools. Officials linked the IDs to the alleged organizer, and another probe into drug distribution started when police reportedly noticed signs of drug dealing at the man's rented residence.

On July 9, Wayne and Pompton Lakes police tried to stop the brother and friend on the Hamburg Turnpike. They allegedly fled on their motorcycles, but the friend crashed on Black Oak Ridge Road and was detained. The brother was detained later as he tried to flee the rental home in a Cadillac Escalade.

The man allegedly behind the operation surrendered the following day after police executed a search warrant. He is charged with distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and more than 50 grams of marijuana, falsifying documents and selling fraudulent documents. After paying $75,000 bail, he was released. The man's brother and friend also face several charges and were released after posting $15,000 and $50,000 bail respectively.

People who are convicted on drug-related charges face going to jail or prison, paying fines and losing their licenses. Their lawyers may be able to get the charges dropped by challenging the legality of a police search and seizure, which could render the evidence inadmissible. Alternatively, lawyers may try to get the severity of the penalties reduced by negotiating a plea deal.

Source: NJ.com, "Wayne man sold fake I.D.'s to 50+ high school students, dealt drugs, police say", James Kleimann, July 14, 2014

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