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Diving coach suspected of drug trafficking

Some New Jersey residents may think that only people from certain walks of life can be arrested on drug charges. However, even respected members of a community can find themselves involved with drugs, as a recent story demonstrates.

Authorities recently arrested a New Jersey man and his mother on drug charges. The young man had $51,000 in cash in his luggage when he flew across the country. Transportation Security Administration personnel discovered that the man also had $16,000 in another bag. An undercover informant communicated with the young man and his mother and received drugs from them and also learned about the way the alleged drug operation was structured. Law enforcement learned that the mother and son were possibly trafficking drugs and had mailed roughly 40 pounds of marijuana to New Jersey. The informant was able to obtain fake prescription medications. Some of these medications included fentanyl and heroin.

The woman was a respected diving coach at a New Jersey university and has connections to different clubs for competitive divers. The university has released a statement saying it does not seem that the woman's possible drug activity extended to distributing these substances on the campus. When authorities arrested the woman, they discovered thousands of fake prescription pills, some of which may include heroin. The woman also had marijuana and cocaine at her home. Law enforcement officials also found firearms at the homes of both the woman and her son, as well as thousands of dollars in cash. It is unclear why the woman and her son had the firearms. 

People in many situations may find themselves charged with a drug crime. In this situation, some people may find it helpful to speak with an attorney to understand all of their options.

Source:, "Woman charged with son in federal drug case is a longtime college diving coach," Taylor Tiamoyo Harris, June 6, 2018


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