Officers from multiple agencies reportedly found drugs after executing
searches on the vehicle of an Elizabeth man and the home of a Newark man,
arresting both. The arrests came on Jan. 7, according to an announcement
by the Acting Union County Prosecutor.
Reportedly, a 26-year-old Elizabeth man was stopped in his vehicle and
police searched it, allegedly discovering two pounds of marijuana and
a kilogram of heroin. Officers also stopped a 36-year-old Newark man.
A search warrant was then executed on the Newark man's home, where
police stated they found 4 pounds of marijuana and 500 grams of heroin.
Both men were arrested. They are currently being held in lieu of $200,000
bond. The men were charged with first degree possession of heroin with
intent to distribute, an offense that could lead to up to 20 years of
prison time. In addition to the distribution charges, the men face several
third and fourth degree felony drug offense charges as well.
Drug distribution charges carry stiffer potential penalties than do simple possession charges. Sometimes,
the amount of a drug that is in a person's possession will lead to
a distribution charge as greater amounts are viewed as indicative of an
intent to distribute. People who are facing drug charges may want to get
help from a criminal defense attorney in order to fight the allegations
against them. With an attorney's help, people may be able to secure
a plea to a lesser offense, challenge the manner in which a search or
seizure was conducted, seek suppression of evidence or fight their cases
through to conclusion at a jury trial. An attorney may have a better understanding
of the law, evidentiary rules and courtroom procedure. He or she may also
have investigators that can help track down witnesses and learn more about the case.
Source: NJ.com, "Union County bust nets 6 pounds of marijuana, kilo-plus
of heroin, two arrests, authorities say," Tom Haydon, Jan. 09, 2015"