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4 face drug and forgery charges in New Jersey

Four individuals ranging from 30 to 37 in age were detained in connection with a July 19 traffic stop. Residents of the Bronx and Johnson City, the occupants of the vehicle were on Route 1 when Fort Lee authorities pulled the driver over under the Fletcher overpass at 2:20 a.m. According to the official complaint, as they approached the BMW, officers reportedly smelled raw marijuana from the area of the passenger's compartment. The officers claim that they could also smell raw marijuana on the registered owner of the car when they were asking him for permission to search the vehicle.

According to the officers, once they got permission to search the vehicle, they found in the trunk of the vehicle a manila envelope that held numerous blank prescription forms from New York. All occupants of the vehicle denied owning these forms. They were all detained for possession of the stolen property. The owner of the vehicle was searched, and the police allegedly found raw marijuana in a plastic bag on his person. He faces charges due to possession of drug paraphernalia and drugs. All occupants of the vehicle are also charged with conspiracy to commit forgery.

Arraignment of the members of this group took place in the community's municipal court. The investigation into the prescription forms is ongoing. Meanwhile, bond has been set at $5,000. While all four were detained in connection with the same traffic stop, criminal defense strategies for each may vary based on individual circumstances. Pinpointing the source of the prescription tablets and the reason for their presence in the vehicle might result in adjustments to the charges for some members of the group.

A criminal defense lawyer can evaluate the evidence to determine whether a client is likely to be convicted. In some instances, it may be beneficial to negotiate for lesser charges and penalties, especially if it appears likely that the prosecution can prove its case.

Source: Cliff View Pilot, "Fort Lee police pinch NY quartet with 236 stolen prescriptions," Jerry DeMarco, July 21, 2014

Source: NorthJersey.com, "New York group charged with drug possession, forgery ", Svetlana Shkolnikova, July 25, 2014

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