On Feb. 21, police in New Jersey announced that three people were taken
into custody after drugs were found during multiple raids. The raids reportedly
concluded an investigation into cocaine trafficking that had been going
on for a month. The accused individuals are a 25-year-old man, his 24-year-old
girlfriend and a 35-year-old man.
The investigation into the alleged criminal activities reportedly began
when a Fort Lee police detective learned that the 25-year-old man had
obtained a driver's license through fraud. Detectives then gathered
information about a car that was allegedly being used to transport drugs.
After stopping the vehicle, police officers determined that it contained
a hidden compartment in the dashboard. However, the dashboard was empty
at the time, and the driver did not receive any charges.
When a search warrant was executed at the 25-year-old man's apartment,
cocaine was found hidden in the stove. In addition to the cocaine, investigators
seized packaging materials and over $6,000 in cash. A raid at the 35-year-old
man's residence led to the discovery of over $14,000 in cash, a kilo
press and a small quantity of heroin. The 25-year-old man was charged
for cocaine distribution, money laundering and identity theft while his
girlfriend was charged for
cocaine distribution. The 35-year-old man faces charges for heroin possession
and money laundering.
A person who is facing drug charges after a raid might want to have a criminal
defense attorney look into the details of the search warrant that was
used by investigators. In some cases, mistakes on a search warrant can
lead to evidence being found inadmissible in court. The suppression of
key pieces of evidence can often result in drug charges being dropped.
Source: NJ.com, "Cocaine found in stove, $20K seized in Fort Lee drug takedown, police say," Noah Cohen, Feb. 21, 2015