A New Jersey man was taken into police custody on Aug. 8 after they were accused of being involved the distribution of large amounts of heroin from the man's residence. According to the report, one of the men was accused of selling the drug to an undercover officer in Gloucester Township while he was on electronically monitored house arrest.
The Gloucester Township Police Department Special Investigations Unit and the Winslow Township Police Department reportedly worked together on the investigation. Officers from both departments executed a warrant that allowed them to search the man's residence on Aug. 8. A woman and a juvenile child were both reportedly in the home when the search warrant was executed, but a licensed clinical social worker and a specially trained officer were available to provide them with support.
During the execution of the search warrant, the authorities reportedly seized marijuana, a "significant quantity" of heroin, packaging material and a pistol. As a result, the man was charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm when prohibited to be in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the time the report was released, he remained in jail on $50,000 bail. The woman was released without facing any charges.
A conviction on drug charges can potentially result in serious consequences, including an extensive prison sentence, fines and a conviction on the person's permanent record. An attorney may be able to provide a criminal defense for their client depending upon the certain circumstances of the case. For example, the attorney may be able to find evidence that the authorities executed an illegal search warrant or that they did not follow the proper procedures when taking the accused man into custody.
Source: NJ.com, "Gloucester Township drug probe nets heroin, pistol, packaging material", NJ.com, August 09, 2014