Two (2) men are facing Ecstasy possession charges in Hackettstown NJ.
On June 1, a Hackettstown police officer stopped a vehicle for a moving violation at the intersection of Valentine Street and Route 46 in Hackettstown. When the officer determined that the driver, 22-year-old Long Valley resident Nicholas Cash, possessed 15 capsules of suspected Ecstasy, an arrest was made. At this time, the officer found another 15 capsules of suspected Ecstasy on the person of the car’s passenger, 23-year-old Washington Township resident Samuel Grullat. Mr. Grullat also had eight (8) hypodermic needles.
Mr. Cash was charged with possession of Ecstasy, while Mr. Grullat was charged with possession of Ecstasy and possession of hypodermic needles.
The active ingredient in Ecstasy is methylenedioxymethamphetamine (also known as “MDMA”). Possession of methylenedioxymethamphetamine is prohibited by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, which also criminalizes the possession of cocaine and heroin. Additionally, the statute sets forth the penalties for possession of Ecstasy. Because the penalties vary, depending on the amount of Ecstasy, Mr. Cash and Mr. Grullat could each be looking at a sentence of between five (5) and ten (10) years in state prison. If the total amount of Ecstasy found was greater than five (5) ounces, it would be a first degree crime, subjecting Mr. Cash and Mr. Grullat to as many as 20 years in state prison.
Mr. Cash and Mr. Grullat were being held in the Warren County Correctional Facility in lieu of their respective bails: $7,500.00 for Mr. Cash and $10,000.00 for Mr. Grullat.
For more information, see the NJ.com article entitled “Two Men Charged with Having Ecstasy in Hackettstown.“