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Jersey City police arrest 36 over the weekend

Targeting high-crime areas of the city, Jersey City police cracked down on criminal activity during a recent weekend sweep. Those placed under arrest included men and women from the ages of 16 to 51.

The sweep took place between Friday and Saturday during the last week of July, and turned up cocaine, marijuana, and even a replica Uzi.

The arrests resulted in charges for drug and weapons offenses and even bail-jumping. According to reports, officers confiscated two bags of cocaine along with 15 bags of marijuana during the sweep. They also confiscated a handgun, blackjack, various knives, and 19 sets of handcuffs. 

Most of the charges associated with the 36 arrests appear to be drug-related, with several people being arrested on single charges of possession.

Other harsher drug charges included drug possession with the intent to sell within 1000 feet of a park and drug distribution on or within 1000 feet of a school property.

Police have stated that the sweep involved significant surveillance efforts. Whenever surveillance is involved, it is important to make sure police did not overstep their boundaries. If someone’s civil rights have been violated in the process of a criminal investigation or an arrest, a defense attorney can work to have the charges dismissed, reduced or have evidence withheld.

The most viable criminal defense option always varies, depending on the nature of the charges and the circumstances of the investigation and arrest. Those who find themselves facing criminal charges in New Jersey should seek legal counsel in order to understand their options.

Source: The Jersey Journal, “Jersey City police arrest 36 during weekend sweep of high-crime areas,” Anthony J. Machinski and Yarleen Hernandez, July 30, 2013

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