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.
New Jersey residents may be interested in the story of four people who have recently been detained on drug charges. The charges reportedly range from possession to distribution of both heroin and marijuana.
On Sept. 12, authorities announced that the owner of a New Jersey tattoo parlor had been charged for allegedly selling synthetic marijuana. The 41-year-old owner of a shop in Wildwood was charged for third-degree drug possession and second-degree distribution of synthetic marijuana as well as second-degree distribution of synthetic marijuana within 500 feet of a public area.
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.
Wayne police say that three men were detained after a four-month-long investigation surrounding the sale of fake IDs to high school kids and drug dealing. A 20-year-old man allegedly organized the fake ID and drug operation with his 19-year-old brother and a 20-year-old friend. Police say that they began investigating the trio in March when the man believed to be leading the operation went to the DMV to take a license exam with fake documents.
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.
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.
New Jersey state police recently arrested 4 men after observing an alleged drug crime in Newark. The men arrived to the site of the alleged transaction in separate cars, near Second and Gould Streets in Newark. Police seized an illegal handgun, a stolen car and 20 grams of marijuana.
It is well settled law in the State of New Jersey that the police may not enter a private home without a search warrant, unless there exists probable cause to believe that a criminal offense is being committed and exigent circumstances (i.e., emergency situations such as hot pursuit of a fleeing felon) are present. In State v. Holland, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that both probable cause and exigent circumstances are necessary prerequisites to the warrantless entry of a home by the police, and that minor offenses are insufficient to establish exigent circumstances justifying a warrantless home entry. This holding by our Supreme Court was grounded principally in the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits motion to suppress .
In October 2009, police responded to noise complaints coming from a house party held by Monmouth University students. Although conflicting accounts of the events emerged, the underlying scenario is apparent; five police officers were granted entry into the common area of the house whereupon they conducted a search for the responsible residents. The officers combed the main living room as well as the rest of the house, including the bedrooms located on the second and third floors. One officer entered defendant's unoccupied third floor bedroom and located a controlled dangerous substance, specifically ecstasy, on a countertop, even though the defendant was not present during the party. Meanwhile, the other officers had in fact located three of the residents and issued them summonses for violating noise ordinances.