An arrest for drug possession in Bergen County is a serious matter, one
that the typical "It's not mine" defense won't often
satisfy. The potential criminal penalties can vary based on a number of
different factors, including the conditions of the arrest, the age of
the suspect(s) involved, and the types and amounts of drugs that are discovered.
The criminal history of the suspect(s) also may come into play. Punitive
actions can range from monetary fines or mandated enrollment in a drug
treatment program to an extended prison sentence. Beyond the criminal
penalties, there's also the social stigma that may accompany a conviction fordrug possession.
An elderly man currently faces those potential consequences after he was
arrested for drug possession by New Jersey State police. His troubles
began when he was involved in a car accident along a state highway near
Hamilton. The responding police officers soon discovered an undisclosed
amount of crack cocaine and accompanying paraphernalia on the floor of
the man's vehicle. It wasn't reported whether or not the man sustained
any physical injuries that required medical attention.