Police arrested three people on drug charges after a traffic stop on Route 80 in Montville, New Jersey.
The traffic stop was initiated by a police officer after he observed a vehicle traveling on Route 80 West with a taillight out.
When the officer stopped the vehicle, he allegedly found 50 wax paper folds with a white substance. The officer also said that he found needles and a stun gun inside the car.
As a result of the officer’s discoveries, 22-year-old John Stouch, 23-year-old Janine Belverio, and 18-year-old Justin Schoemer were arrested. All three were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, and being under the influence of heroin. Belverio was also charged with possession of a stun gun, while Stouch was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI) because he was driving the vehicle.
In New Jersey, heroin possession is governed under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. The typical charge for possession of heroin is third degree heroin possession. If Stouch, Belverio, and Schoemer are convicted of third degree heroin possession, they could each face as many as five (5) years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Trio Had Stun Gun, 50 Folds of Heroin on Route 80 in Montville.“
If you are facing drug charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Alissa D. Hascup for a free consultation about your case.