On Oct. 2, a man in New Jersey was accused of bringing marijuana with him
to a court appearance. The 32-year-old man was in Fort Lee where he had
been scheduled to appear in court for multiple charges, including possession
of marijuana. When he arrived at the court around 10:20 a.m., the man's
backpack was allegedly found to contain drugs and drug paraphernalia.
Port Authority officers opened the man's backpack as part of their
usual security screenings. Inside the bag, officers allegedly discovered
less than 50 grams of
marijuana, a cigar wrapper that they believe was intended to be reused for smoking
marijuana and two packs of rolling papers. The man was subsequently detained
and charged for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In May, the accused had been detained at the George Washington Bridge for
allegedly driving under the influence. He was also charged for driving
with a suspended license and possession of marijuana that was reportedly
found in his car. The man was not the first person accused of bringing
marijuana to a court appearance; Port Authority police officers detained
another individual in December on suspicion of bringing marijuana to a
marijuana possession hearing.
In some cases, a person who has received charges for possession of marijuana
was the subject of an unlawful search and seizure by police officers.
An attorney can sometimes uncover evidence of unlawful actions taken by
police officers that may result in the evidence that was seized being
inadmissible in court. When the prosecution is unable to present this
evidence, the case may be weakened and the charges dropped as a result.
Source: NJ.com, "Drug defendant brings marijuana to Fort Lee court hearing, Port Authority says", Noah Cohen, October 02, 2014