Many drugs, both legal and illegal, can be addictive and contribute to many challenges for New Jersey residents who take or use them. Much has been reported in recent years about how prescription painkillers can be abused. Involvement with these drugs has also been linked to criminal charges and resulting penalties including time in prison.
This is the case for one man from Patterson who recently entered a guilty plea in a case where he was accused of promoting organized street crime in an alleged prescription drug dealing and selling ring. As a result of his guilty plea, the 62-year-old defendant has been ordered to spend 10 years in a New Jersey state prison. He was arrested three years ago after an investigation that included both state and federal law enforcement agencies.
The man was accused of obtaining large quantities of drugs like Percocet, Xanax and Oxocodone and reselling them for a profit. He is said to have also supplied other dealers in the area. The drugs were reportedly obtained through the use of fake prescriptions or by buying them from people who had them legally for necessary medical purposes but who were willing to sell them to get the money.
When faced with a drug-related arrest in New Jersey, people need to understand their rights and the law. Talking with an attorney may be a good way to learn about these things at such a time.
Source: NJ.com, "Man who helped 'fuel' opioid addiction in N.J. gets 10 years in prison," Susan Livio, August 18, 2016