Mendham Borough NJ police recently arrested a Totowa man accused of possessing illegal narcotics while driving in the municipality.
The Mendham Borough Police Department dispatched police officers to the area after getting a call about the suspect selling cocaine. When Mendham NJ police officers arrived at the scene, however, they could not find the suspect.
Mendham New Jersey patrol cops later found the suspect driving in Mendham Borough and stopped him for questioning. While talking to the suspect, police officers ran a check on him and discovered that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
When law enforcement subsequently searched the suspect, they allegedly found illegal drugs, including eight baggies filled with cocaine. Mendham NJ police officers also allegedly found three hydrocodone pills.
Since Mendham Borough police officers never actually observed the suspect illegally selling cocaine or prescription drugs, he has not been charged with cocaine distribution or illegal distribution of prescription drugs. However, the suspect is still subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1), a person caught in possession of even a trace amount of cocaine can be charged with a third degree criminal offense. A third degree felony carries a potential penalty of 3-5 years in NJ State Prison.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Totowa Man Faces Cocaine, Hydrocodone Charges after Arrest in Mendham.”