At 10:23 p.m. on Feb. 5, police in Bayonne allegedly noticed a drug deal take place near the intersection of Broadway and West 18th Street. A 58-year-old man walked up to a vehicle that was double parked and participated in a transaction with the 33-year-old driver. Afterwards, the 58-year-old man left the scene on foot, and the 33-year-old man drove away.
The detectives who witnessed the alleged drug transaction went separate ways so that they could detain both of the men. The driver was stopped at Broadway and 19th Street and found to be in possession of 102 packages of heroin and $348 in cash. He was charged for drug possession, possession within 500 feet of a park and intent to distribute.
Detectives who followed the 58-year-old man watched him enter a residence on Kennedy Boulevard. After he walked out of the building, the man was confronted by detectives at Kennedy Boulevard and 20th Street. The man was allegedly found to be in possession of 36 packages of heroin along with $70 in cash. He also received charges for drug possession, possession near a park and intent to distribute. Both of the accused men were held in police custody with the option of $75,000 cash-only bail.
A person in a similar situation might face less severe charges if they can prove that they had no intention of distributing the drugs that they were found with. A criminal defense attorney can help to gather evidence to prove that the drugs the client had were for personal use only. A defendant may in some cases receive a reduced prison sentence based upon an agreement to participate in a drug treatment program.
Source: NJ.com, "Two Bayonne men arrested on heroin charges: police", Jonathan Lin, Feb. 10, 2015