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3 New Jersey men accused of trafficking marijuana

It was reported that on Aug. 16, three New Jersey men were taken into police custody after they were accused of being involved in trafficking narcotics. According to the press release, the Ocean County Regional SWAT team searched three properties and seized marijuana and a handgun.

The residential searches took place at approximately 4:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Oak Drive Road. During the search, three men, ages 21, 21 and 27, were taken into custody. Three pounds of marijuana were reportedly seized.

One of the three men was charged with multiple offenses, including possession of more than 50 grams of a controlled substance, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a weapon and possession of a firearm during a drug transaction, among others. Authorities set his bail to $150,000. The other two men were charged with intent to distribute a controlled substance and had their bail set at $75,000 each. At the time the report was released, it was stated that none of the three men could post bail so they were being held at the Ocean County Jail in Toms River.

Those who are accused of drug crimes may face serious consequences that can include a jail sentence, probation and a conviction on their criminal record if they are convicted. However, depending upon the specific circumstances of the case, an attorney may be able to provide a strong defense for the accused person. For example, if the authorities found the drugs against the accused person while executing a search warrant, the attorney may be able to find evidence that the search warrant was illegal. Additionally, the attorney may be able to provide evidence that the drugs did not belong to the accused person. Finally, if the prosecution has strong evidence, the attorney may be able to negotiate a sentence that involves rehabilitation in lieu of jail.

Source: Tri-Town News, "Trio arrested in drug trafficking", August 28, 2014

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