Two people were taken into custody on Jan. 19 after authorities in Hackettstown allegedly discovered drugs in their car. The arrests took place just after 3 p.m.
After receiving a notification from the Andover Township Police Department to be on the lookout for a car linked to suspected drug activity, Hackettstown police stopped a vehicle on Franklin Street. Officers searched the car and allegedly discovered 66 glassine baggies of suspected heroin, six hypodermic needles and assorted drug paraphernalia.
The driver, a 25-year-old Great Meadows man, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released after posting a $7,500 bail.
His passenger, a 26-year-old Hackettstown woman, was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was additionally found to have a warrant for her arrest issued by Knowlton Township. She was released after posting both a $7,500 bail for the drug arrest and a $1,139 bail for the outstanding warrant.
Individuals facing a drug charge could be sentenced to significant jail time, steep fines and other penalties if they are convicted. A criminal defense attorney may be able to help an individual charged with drug crimes by protecting their rights in court and recommending legal defense strategies appropriate to the specifics of their case. For instance, authorities must follow certain procedures when searching someone's vehicle. If these procedures were not properly followed, it could lead to a dismissal of charges. In some drug possession cases, an attorney may also be able to arrange for their client to enter a court-mandated drug rehabilitation program to avoid incarceration.
Source: Long Valley Patch, "66 Bags of Heroin, 6 Syringes Found in Car, Cops Say," Jason Koestenblatt, Jan. 20, 2015