Two men and one woman were detained in New Jersey after police allegedly witnessed them conducting a drug transaction in a parking lot. A lieutenant from the Bayonne Police said that they met in two vehicles outside a check-cashing store on East 53rd. After the vehicles drove away, police pulled them over.
One car driven by a 46-year-old man was stopped where 33rd Street meets Route 440. Police reported finding substances believed to be heroin, cocaine, oxycodone and Xanax. That driver was taken into custody and charged with having illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of a school, said the police lieutenant.
The other vehicle was occupied by a 28-year-old woman and 29-year-old man. Police reportedly found three crack pipes in the car along with other drug paraphernalia. The man had 34 pills that looked like Xanax and two bags that appeared to contain heroin. The woman had seven similar bags. The lieutenant said they were charged with possession of narcotics paraphernalia, drug possession and conspiracy. The woman and man were released with summonses to appear in court. The driver of the other car, however, was placed in the Hudson County jail with bail set at $50,000 cash.
When a person in a situation like this has been charged with drug possession, he or she could face prison time and a permanent felony record. A criminal defense attorney might be able to help such a person challenge evidence or incite negotiations for reduced charges. If a plea bargain deal is offered, an attorney could also help the person understand his or her rights and decide if the deal is appropriate.
Source: NJ.com, "Bayonne man and two others face multiple drug charges: officials," Michaelangelo Conte, March 3, 2015