Mount Olive New Jersey police recently rescued a man who was inside a smoke-filled apartment. However, the same man was later charged him with drug possession after police reportedly found a small quantity of marijuana at the residence.
According to authorities, the Mount Olive Police Department got an emergency call about the fire alarm being set off at the Eagle Rock Village Apartment Complex in Mount Olive, NJ.
A Mount Olive patrol officer went to the scene, where neighbors directed him to the suspect’s apartment. The police officer walked into the apartment and saw the suspect lying unconscious on a couch. Since the apartment was quickly filling with smoke, the officer pulled the suspect out of the apartment.
The Budd Lake Rescue Squad soon arrived at the apartment complex and evaluated the suspect for injuries.
Meanwhile, Mount Olive police and the Budd Lake Fire Department looked into the situation and found that the source of the smoke was burnt food that the suspect had left on the stove.
During the investigation, police allegedly discovered marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia inside the suspect’s home. Officials said that the drug-related items, including a glass pipe filled with marijuana, could be seen in plain view.
The suspect was placed under arrest and charged with simple possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of marijuana possession, he would be subject to significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), possession of 50 grams or less of pot is classified as a disorderly persons offense. A conviction for simple possession of marijuana could result in a sentence of six months in New Jersey State Prison and a fine of $1,000.
After being arrested and charged, the suspect secured his release from police custody. He has a pending court date in Mount Olive Municipal Court to address the drug charges against him.
For more information about this case, view the DailyRecord.com article, “Smoke from Stove Leads to Pot Bust in Mount Olive.”