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Police arrest New Jersey man on drug charges

On Sept. 30, police officers arrested a 21-year-old man and charged him with possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, marijuana possession with intent to distribute and failing to surrender controlled substances to officials. A police officer pulled the man over for having no front license plate and obstructed vision near Route 55 and Mullica Hill Road. Officers also issued summonses for having a vision obstruction, having an obstructed rear license plate and having no front license plate. They processed him for the drug charges and released him on his own recognizance.

Police say that they discovered 26 grams of marijuana along with two small containers of marijuana wax in the car. They also allegedly found grinders, digital scales, packaging materials and many glass smoking devices.

When attempting to conduct a search of a person's vehicle, investigating police officers face a number of restrictions. In many cases, the individual who is subjected to the search must give permission, and under other circumstances, officers must show cause for the search if they are unable to get permission. A failure to fulfill these conditions may be considered a breach of a person's rights, and the evidence that is collected during an illicit search may be dismissed from a courts consideration if the case goes to trial.

When people are facing any drug charges, a criminal defense attorney may be able to help protect the rights of the accused. In some cases, an attorney may be able to help a client understand his or her rights regarding the search of private property and might offer representation in interviews with authorities and in court.

Source: NJ.com, "Mount Laurel man arrested on drug charges by Harrison Township police", Mark Daniels , October 01, 2014

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