Fort Lee officials took four individuals from New York into custody on
July 19. The ages of those detained were 30, 35, 36 and 37. According
to officials, they were stopped at 2:21 a.m. for a moving violation as
they drove on Route 1 and 9 North. At the time of the stop, officers indicated
that they noticed a smell of rawmarijuana near the compartment on the passenger's side of the 2010 BMW. A clear
bag was discovered containing what was believed to be marijuana.
Upon further inspection of the vehicle, officials found a manila envelope
that allegedly held more than 200 blank prescription forms. All four occupants
were taken into custody after their denial of owning the forms. All have
been charged with receiving stolen property and with conspiracy to commit
forgery. Additionally, three of the individuals have been charged with
forgery. The 36-year-old driver of the vehicle also faces charges of possessing
drug paraphernalia and drugs. Arraignment took place in Fort Lee with
bail set at $5,000.
Reports indicate that further investigation is planned to evaluate the
source of the prescription forms. Reports do not indicate whether any
of the individuals was under the influence of drugs at the time of the
traffic stop. Additionally, current reports do not note any information
related to prior convictions or detentions based on drugs or other issues.
Lawyers may approach their defense cases differently based on the unique
backgrounds of each of their clients. People charged with forgery and
stolen property crimes should consider seeking the advice of a criminal
law attorney who could help form a defense or work toward a plea deal.
Source: North Jersey , "New York group charged with drug possession, forgery - See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/crime-and-courts/new-york-group-charged-with-drug-possession-forgery-1.1057093#sthash.h1K2IFbI.dpuf", Svetlana Shkolnikova, July 25, 2014