The use of illicit substances and illegal drugs is a problem that's not unique major metropolitan areas; such issues could easily pop up in communities such just like Ocean City. The battle against drug abuse is one that those who struggle with may have to face for the remainder of their lives. Overcoming such an addiction can be extremely difficult; one can imagine how much more difficult it would be if those fighting it also had to face the possibility of criminal penalties as a result of their addiction. According to the site DrugWarFacts.org, over 1.5 million Americans faced such drug penalties in 2013.
On March 27, it was reported that a New Jersey man was taken into custody after authorities alleged that he accepted a package that contained LSD. He was ultimately charged with a number of drug offenses, including possession and possession with intent to distribute.
An 18-year-old New Jersey high school student was detained on Feb. 13 after police allegedly found narcotic pills and under 50 grams of marijuana in her vehicle that was parked in the school's parking lot. Police and K-9 units spent about two hours on the unannounced drug sweep that also included a study hall and student lockers.
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.
A Manville man is facing several drug-related charges following a traffic stop search that occurred on Sept. 20. According to authorities, an officer pulled the 20-year-old man over for operating his vehicle without the headlights on. The officer reportedly noted what he thought to be the scent of marijuana emanating from the car and performed a search with the driver's consent. The officer uncovered a bag of marijuana and a glass bong during the search and proceeded to take the man into custody. He is facing several drug possession charges and a charge for failure to maintain headlights.
A New Jersey man with multiple criminal convictions on his record was taken into custody on Sept. 22 for allegedly distributing buprenorphine and oxycodone. The 47-year-old Jersey City man was accused of possessing 46 buprenorphine pills, two oxycodone pills, one bag of heroin and various drug paraphernalia items. He was accused of distributing the oxycodone and buprenorphine at a public housing complex in Hoboken.
It was reported that on Aug. 16, three New Jersey men were taken into police custody after they were accused of being involved in trafficking narcotics. According to the press release, the Ocean County Regional SWAT team searched three properties and seized marijuana and a handgun.
On Aug. 14, it was reported that a New Jersey woman who was accused of being in possession of what was believed to be heroin was charged with drug possession with intent to distribute. According to the report, her bail was set at $40,000 cash only.
A 35-year-old New Jersey woman made her first court appearance recently on charges stemming from an incident said to have occurred in Jersey City. The woman has been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin, escape and criminal mischief and aggravated assault on a medical service provider. Her bail has been set to $7,500.
Despite their best efforts to make accurate investigations, occasionally New Jersey law enforcement officials may charge a person for a crime that he or she did not commit. When this happens, the accused person can experience uncertainty, worry over being convicted, or criticism from those in their community. This can present a disheartening and stressful situation for the innocent party until he or she is cleared of the charges.