Hanover Township NJ police recently arrested a man accused of brining a small amount of marijuana to a municipal court appearance.
Court officials were shocked when the 44-year-old suspect showed up to Hanover Township Municipal Court in possession of marijuana. The suspect, who is from Morristown New Jersey, was instructed to empty his pockets into a big before walking into the court chambers. Remarkably, the suspect is said to have placed a small bag of pot into the bin.
After police saw the marijuana, they placed the suspect under arrest. He has been charged with a number of drug crimes, including two counts of simple possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities have not said why the suspect was appearing in Hanover Township Municipal Court in the first place.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the marijuana possession charges, he is subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), anyone found in physical possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana may be charged with a disorderly persons offense. A conviction for simple possession of marijuana could result in a sentence of up to 6 months in the local county jail.
After being arrested and charged with the drug offenses, the suspect was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, NJ. He remained held at the jail on a $2,500 bail amount.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Allegedly Brought Pot with Him to Court in Hanover.”