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.
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 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.
In early September, a 40-year-old man was detained by New Jersey State Police. According to law enforcement officials, the encounter took place at the man's home on Union City's Paterson Plank Road; police claim that upon taking him into custody, they also discovered and seized a number of different drugs whose worth surpassed more than $100,000. The drugs allegedly seized included heroin, ecstasy, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine, Xanax, OxyContin and LSD; it should be noted that a majority of the substances listed had not actually been confirmed at the time of reporting.
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.
According to state authorities, a New Jersey woman was sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted of drug and gun charges. In March, the defendant pleaded guilty to the charge of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. She later pleaded guilty to possession of a revolver as a convicted felon. She received a seven-year sentence for the drug possession charge and a five-year sentence for the weapons charge. Both sentences will be served concurrently, and she will be eligible for parole once she has served five years in prison.
A primary question in many criminal cases is whether or not police had the right to conduct a search and seizure. Even if a person is found to be in possession of illegal drugs or weapons, the evidence may not be admissible in court if police officers failed to follow proper procedure.
Three Salem City, New Jersey, residents are facing drug charges after a so-called quality of life investigation. These efforts by area law enforcement officers are designed to limit the open-air use and sale of narcotics in Salem City. Authorities report the arrests occurred on July 24 after the conclusion of an inquiry into alleged drug distribution and purchasing in the region.
New Jersey authorities have arrested three people and seized about a quarter of a million dollars in illegal drugs after a search conducted by North Bergen police officers and representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration. The three defendants are facing drug charges in connection with the raid; officers said they found cocaine, heroin and crystal meth at the group's apartment.