Morris County NJ prosecutors have filed a lawsuit in an attempt to get legal possession of a car and cash seized in a drug raid at a Rockaway Township residence. The raid was carried out because police believed the home was being used to manufacture and distribute marijuana.
The drug raid went down at a house located on Pasha Court in Rockaway Township on October 27, 2015. Rockaway Township NJ detectives went to the house after getting a report of electricity theft from Jersey Central Power & Light.
A Rockaway detective saw that the home’s basement windows had a dark tint. Additionally, the detective reportedly noticed a heating and cooling system in the rear of the home. Moreover, the officer allegedly detected the odor of raw marijuana coming from the house.
Rockaway NJ police were then able to obtain a search warrant so that they could raid the house.
During the drug raid, Rockaway police officers reportedly seized a Ford van, almost $1,400 in cash, four televisions, and 64 pot plants.
Rockaway police also arrested three people at the home. The three suspects included a 29-year-old male from Yonkers, NY, a 45-year-old female from Yonkers, New York, and a 44-year-old male from Homestead, Florida. Authorities indicated that none of the suspects owns the Rockaway NJ home.
All three suspects have been charged with multiple drug crimes, including maintaining a marijuana production facility, conspiracy to maintain a marijuana production facility, manufacturing 50 or more marijuana plants, and conspiracy to manufacture 50 or more marijuana plants. One of the suspects has also been charged with being the leader of a narcotics trafficking network.
Now Morris County prosecutors are suing to gain control over the property and cash that was seized. The prosecutor’s office recently filed suit in Morris County Superior Court, located in Morristown, NJ, and asked the judge to eliminate the suspects’ rights to the property.
Morris County prosecutors are arguing that the property should be turned over to state officials because it was used in illegal activity.
For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Lawsuit: 64 Pot Plants Found in Rockaway Twp. House.”