On Friday morning, recently signed New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was arrested by Netcong police and charged with marijuana possession and unlawful possession of a handgun.
Netcong police officials say that Mr. Goodson was found intoxicated in an SUV that had stopped in the center lane of Route 80 in Denville.
Mr. Goodson was taken by ambulance to the hospital, at which time Netcong police officers discovered a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Officers also found a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the vehicle.
After release from the hospital, Mr. Goodson was transferred to Morris County Jail and charged with marijuana possession (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of a handgun.
The criminal charge for marijuana possession in New Jersey is set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, which prohibits a person from having a controlled dangerous substance such as marijuana. Mr. Goodson may be charged with a disorderly persons offense for possessing 50 grams or less of marijuana. If convicted, Mr. Goodson could face up to six (6) months in jail and suspension of his driver’s license for two (2) years.
The penalties for illegal possession of a handgun in New Jersey are set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). If convicted of this offense, Mr. Goodson could be sentenced to up to 10 years in state prison.
Goodson remains in custody at the Morris County Jail on $50,000.00 bail.
For more information, see the CBSSports.com article entitled “Jets RB Mike Goodson Arrested, Facing Drug, Firearm Charges.”