The Acting Union County Prosecutor announced the arrest of two men on drug charges, culminating a long investigation conducted by multiple law enforcement agencies. The arrests came on Jan. 7 following searches of one man's car and the other man's home.
Officers reportedly pulled over a 26-year-old Elizabeth man around 6:15 p.m. Investigators reported they seized 1 kilogram of heroin and 2 pounds of marijuana in the search of the man's vehicle. Other officers executed a search warrant on a 36-year-old Newark man's home following a stop of his vehicle. From the man's home, police allegedly seized 4 pounds of marijuana and 300 grams of heroin.
Both men were arrested and taken into custody. Bond for each was set at $200,000, and they are charged with first-degree drug criminal offenses. The men also are facing several lower-level drug charges as well. The first-degree charges each carry up to 20 years in prison if the men are convicted of them.
A drug charge can result in significant prison terms in addition to fines and other penalties. When the charge includes an allegation of trafficking in drugs, the severity level and the possible penalty increases. People who are accused of selling drugs have a right to defend against the allegations. Often, criminal defendants choose to get the help of a criminal defense attorney who may be more informed about the law and criminal procedure. An attorney may be able to recognize constitutional problems with the manner in which police obtained a search warrant or the manner in which a search was conducted. In that event, an attorney may file an evidentiary motion seeking suppression of the evidence seized. In other cases, an attorney may be able to negotiate a more favorable plea in order to limit or avoid incarceration time.
Source: NJ.com, "Union County bust nets 6 pounds of marijuana, kilo-plus of heroin, two arrests, authorities say," Tom Haydon, Jan. 9, 2015