Parsippany New Jersey Drug LawyersParsippany NJ police officers conducted a drug raid and arrested three people in connection with the bust.

Members of the Parsippany Police Department Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant a home located on Benedict Drive in Jefferson NJ at the conclusion of a major investigation. Police started the investigation last month after getting a report of drug distribution in Morris County, New Jersey.

When Parsippany cops executed the search warrant and searched the Jefferson NJ residence, they allegedly found large amounts of drugs that included three pounds of marijuana, 373 Xanax pills, and 25 Oxycodone pills. Additionally, Parsippany detectives allegedly seized more than $12,000 in cash.

The search also reportedly turned up a number of items reported as stolen during a burglary in January.

Parsippany police arrested three people after the drug raid, including two men charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and prescription drug possession.

The third suspect faces criminal charges for burglary and possession of stolen property.

To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Three Arrested in Morris County Drug Sweep.”

Morris County NJ Drug Crime LawyersA Sussex New Jersey woman who reportedly got advance notice about court-ordered surprise drug tests will be allowed to stay in the Morris County Drug Court Program.

The suspect is a 23-year-old woman from Sussex Borough, New Jersey. She was arrested by Rockaway Township police and charged with heroin possession in 2015.

The suspect faced severe penalties if convicted at trial, but she avoided trial when she got admitted into the Morris County Drug Court Program. Drug Court provides non-violent drug crime offenders with an alternative sentencing option. As long as the defendant can stay out of trouble, pass random drug tests, and meet other program requirements, they will stay on probation as opposed to being sentenced to jail time.

The suspect was initially admitted into the Morris County Drug Court Program, but she was later transferred to the Sussex County Drug Court Program because she lives in Sussex County, NJ.

The suspect got into trouble when she allegedly started a sexual relationship with a Sussex County Sheriff’s Officer in exchange for notice about random drug tests.

Now the sheriff’s officer could be headed to prison, while the suspect will be allowed to remain in the Drug Court Program and continue to receive treatment for her drug addiction problems.

For more information about this case, see the DailyRecord.com article, “Woman Who Got Drug Test Tip-Offs from Officer Kept in Drug Court.”

Rockaway NJ Drug Crime AttorneysPolice officers recently arrested three individuals, including a Rockaway resident, who were allegedly selling crack cocaine and buying crack cocaine at a Newark liquor store.

Newark NJ authorities started an investigation after getting a tip about illegal drug activity at Cline Liquor Store on Clinton Avenue in the city’s South Ward. The Newark Police Department and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office worked together on the investigation and had detectives conduct surveillance on the liquor store.

Police officers watching the store reporting saw the suspects engage in a drug deal. According to law enforcement, a 28-year-old Newark NJ woman handed crack cocaine to a 36-year-old Rockaway NJ man outside the liquor store.

The Rockaway suspect drove off in a car, with cops following close behind. When police pulled over the suspect and searched his vehicle, they allegedly discovered a Ziploc bag with crack cocaine.

When Newark NJ police officers searched the liquor store, they reportedly found 50 bags of crack cocaine behind a counter.

Two Essex County residents, including one person who reportedly worked at the Newark NJ liquor store, face criminal charges for cocaine distribution, while the Rockaway NJ suspect faces criminal charges for cocaine possession.

To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article, “Employee Peddled Crack Cocaine from Newark Store.”

Randolph New Jersey Criminal AttorneysMorris County Park police officers have already arrested several people on outstanding arrest warrants and drug possession charges in December.

Two Morris County Park patrol cops were roaming Hedden County Park in Mine Hill when they reportedly noticed a suspect in the process of committing a municipal ordinance violation. In NJ, a municipal ordinance violation is not a criminal offense but can still result in penalties that include heavy fines.

According to law enforcement, the suspect in Mine Hill NJ had an arrest warrant that had been issued by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. The Morris County Park cops arrested the suspect and later handed him over to Bergen County authorities.

The suspect, a 32-year-old resident of Boca Raton, Florida was processed and then sent to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Morris County police arrested another suspect this month while conducting a traffic stop in Randolph, NJ. A Morris County Park cop reportedly spotted the suspect committing a traffic offense. The police officer ran a check on the suspect, a 59-year-old woman from Randolph, and discovered that she had an active arrest warrant out of Mine Hill, NJ. She was placed under arrest and handed over to Wharton NJ police.

Morris County Park cops also arrested a Boonton man accused of possessing a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) as he walked in Hedden County Park in Randolph, NJ.

The police officers saw the 19-year-old suspect acting suspicious while talking to another person in the park. Police investigated and allegedly discovered the suspect carrying an illegal narcotic. The suspect was arrested and charged with a drug crime.

For additional information about this case, access the Randolph Reporter article, “Morris County Park Police Issue Three Warrant Arrests.”

Mount Olive Marijuana Possession LawyersMount Olive police recently arrested a woman accused of possessing small quantities of heroin and marijuana at a vape shop.

Police made the arrest a short time after 6:30 p.m. The Mount Olive Police Department received a report from employees at the Vapor Room about suspicious activity at the vaping shop, which is located on Route 46 in the Budd Lake section of Mount Olive, NJ.

A police officer was dispatched to the scene, where he was directed to a 2011 BMW that was parked outside the shop. The Mount Olive cop found the suspect seated in the vehicle and noticed that she appeared to be under the influence of some kind of substance. The police officer also reportedly smelled the odor of marijuana coming from her motor vehicle.

The Mount Olive NJ police officer directed the suspect to exit the BMW and subsequently searched her. During the search, the cop allegedly discovered two plastic bags of marijuana and several glassine bags of heroin. The police officer then arrested the suspect.

The suspect, a 25-year-old woman who lives in the Great Meadows section of Liberty NJ, faces criminal charges for several drug offenses, including heroin possession, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS).

After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was released from police custody with a pending court date.

For more information about this case, access the DailyRecord.com article, “Woman Busted with Pot, Heroin Outside Budd Lake Vape Shop, Police Say.”

Morristown Heroin Possession SuspectAuthorities recently seized a small amount of “Beast Mode” heroin after police responded to a report of a fight on a highway in Hanover Township, NJ.

A short time before 11:00 a.m., NJ State Police got a call about a fight in progress near mile marker 2.1 on Route 24 West in Hanover, New Jersey. A state trooper went to the scene, where she did not see a physical altercation. However, the New Jersey State trooper saw the aftermath of a car crash.

One of the motorists had already left the scene of the minor fender-bender because the damage to his car was not significant. The driver of the other car, a 1999 Honda Accord, remained at the scene of the accident.

While the NJ State trooper talked to the motorist, she noticed a small amount of heroin inside his car. A later search of the vehicle allegedly led to the discovery of heroin stamped with a “Beast Mode” label.

The suspect, a 62-year-old man from Morristown, NJ, was subsequently placed under arrest and taken to Netcong police headquarters. He faces several drug crime charges, including heroin possession and possession of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS) in a motor vehicle.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released on his own recognizance. He will have to appear in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown NJ, at a later date in order to answer the very serious criminal charges.

For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Cops Investigating Fight Discover ‘Beast Mode’ Heroin Instead.”

Washington Township Drug Crime LawyersWashington Township police officers arrested two women who were allegedly caught with a small amount of heroin in their car.

Authorities made the arrests just before midnight, shortly after a Washington Township patrol cop saw the suspects driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu on East Avenue. The police officer pulled over the vehicle because he allegedly observed the driver commit a moving violation.

While talking to the driver, the patrol officer reportedly spotted a hypodermic needle visible inside the motor vehicle. A subsequent search of the car reportedly led to the discovery of 41 bags of heroin and 18 hypodermic needles.

The driver of the Chevrolet is a 27-year-old Newton woman, while the passenger is a 30-year-old Mansfield NJ woman. They were both placed under arrest and charged with several drug crimes, including possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic needles, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Moreover, the driver was also cited for multiple traffic violations, including speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt.

After being arrested and processed, the suspects were released on their own recognizance with pending court dates in Morris County Superior Court.

To learn more about this case, go to the DailyRecord.com article, “Two Women Facing Heroin Charges in Washington Twp.”

Mount Olive Drug Crime LawyersPolice officers arrested a Mount Olive man accused of illegally possessing drugs. The circumstances of the arrest were quite interesting: Mount Olive NJ cops reportedly discovered the drugs on the suspect after receiving complaints that he was causing a disturbance at a local pharmacy.

The incident happened a short time after 7:00 p.m. at a CVS Pharmacy on Route 46 in Mount Olive, NJ. The suspect was reportedly walking around the store and growling at employees. The store workers called the Mount Olive Police Department, which sent police officers to the scene.

The Mount Olive NJ police officers arrived at the CVS pharmacy and were directed to the back of the store, where they encountered the suspect. According to law enforcement, the suspect was stumbling around and wearing dirt-covered clothes. The Mount Olive police officers took the suspect outside to the store parking lot, where they questioned him and asked him to perform field sobriety tests.

A later search of the suspect allegedly led to the discovery of a prescription bottle with Xanax. Police also allegedly discovered multiple loose Xanax pills inside the suspect’s pockets.

The suspect, a 26-year-old man who resides in the Budd Lake area of Mount Olive has been charged with illegal possession of Xanax. Authorities also cited the suspect for being under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance (CDS), reckless driving, and driving while suspended.

Although the suspect is accused of growling at the store employees, he was not charged with a threat crime.

After being arrested and processed, the suspect secured his release from police custody on his own recognizance.

For more information about this case, check out the DailyRecord.com article, “Mt. Olive Man Accused of Growling at Store Employees.”

Morristown NJ Marijuana Possession LawyersSeveral New Jersey lawmakers recently went to Colorado so that they could learn how legalizing recreational marijuana had affected various aspects of that state’s government, economy, and public safety. Upon returning from Colorado, NJ Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney declared that he believes the legalization of marijuana would be a “game-changer” for job creation in the Garden State. Sweeney made a point of highlighting Colorado’s success with its own marijuana legalization laws and stated that he is “absolutely sold that this industry can be regulated” because “it’s safe, it’s well managed, and Colorado has done an amazing job.”

Existing NJ criminal laws prohibit the recreational possession of marijuana and the use of marijuana anywhere in New Jersey. The NJ Criminal Code specifically classifies the possession of 50 grams or less of pot as a disorderly persons offense (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4)) and the possession of more than 50 grams of pot as a fourth degree criminal offense (N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(5)).

Despite the prohibition of marijuana in most instances, the NJ Compassionate Use of Medical Marijuana Act (“CUMMA”), N.J.S.A. 24:6I-1 et seq. allows for individuals to possess and use marijuana for the treatment or alleviation of pain associated with debilitating medical conditions in accordance with the certifications of a patient’s physicians. Moreover, CUMMA provides a definition of “debilitating medical condition” as any the following: seizure disorder, including epilepsy; intractable skeletal muscular spasticity; glaucoma; human immunodeficiency virus; acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS); cancer; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; multiple sclerosis; terminal cancer; muscular dystrophy; inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease; terminal illness with a prognosis of less than 12 months of life; and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For NJ lawmakers who want to legalize marijuana in the not-too-distant future, there are five steps that would need to be taken before New Jersey could officially transition from permissible medical marijuana to legalized recreational marijuana:

  1. Introduce laws that borrow heavily from the best aspects of Colorado’s pot legalization laws, while at the same time learning from the mistakes in the Colorado laws.
  2. Enlist further public support for marijuana legalization in New Jersey.
  3. Secure support from top political leaders in the NJ state legislature.
  4. Elect a new governor of New Jersey.
  5. Hope that the president and the US Justice Department decline to interfere with the state’s marijuana laws.

The last two steps suggest how difficult it would be to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. That’s because New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has repeatedly said that he will not approve the legalization of marijuana or officially decriminalize marijuana possession. Beyond that, although states like Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have already legalized marijuana, recreational marijuana is still criminalized under federal law as a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). What this means is that the federal government could decide, at any moment, to enforce federal marijuana laws and arrest individuals in possession of pot – even in states where the drug has been legalized.

Parsippany NJ Drug Crime LawyersParsippany NJ police recently arrested two men accused of illegally selling prescription drugs and synthetic drugs at an adult video store.

The suspects, a Parsippany man and a Livingston man, have been accused of conspiring to sell drugs to customers of an adult video store located on Route 46 in Parsippany, New Jersey. The Parsippany man reportedly owns the store, while the Livingston man is believed to be a store employee.

The Parsippany Police Department started an investigation into the suspects after getting multiple tips that synthetic drugs were being sold at the video store. Police eventually obtained and executed a search warrant, allegedly turning up more than 100 packages of synthetic drugs that included imitation Xanax and nail polish removers being marketed as inhalants.

The two suspects have been charged with a number of very serious drug crimes, including conspiracy to distribute imitation controlled dangerous substances (CDS), conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs, and conspiracy to distribute toxic chemicals.

After being arrested and processed, the suspects were transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. The Livingston posted $150,000 bail and secured his release, while the Parsippany suspect remained held at the jail in lieu of $125,000 bail.

For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article, “Adult Video Store in Parsippany Sold Synthetic Drugs, Cops Say.”