Police say a 22-year-old man turned himself in to New Jersey authorities on Jan. 13 to answer to multiple charges, including possession of steroids and drug paraphernalia. However, they say the whereabouts of his accomplice were still unknown, and they were offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who had any information. Authorities believe the 23-year-old man may have fled the state to avoid drug and weapons possession charges.
The charges stem from a Dec. 30 search of a Denville residence where both men lived. At the time of the search, a 26-year-old man was taken into custody, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and then released on his own recognizance. During the search, authorities say they found steroids, marijuana, firearms and drug paraphernalia.
The man whom authorities were still searching for at the time of the report was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance and intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance. He is also facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm during a drug offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man who turned himself in was reportedly unable to make bail, and he was being held at Morris County Correctional Facility.
Those who are facing a drug charge may be facing serious consequences if convicted, including years spent in prison. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to talk to a criminal defense lawyer in an effort to dispute the charge. A lawyer may be able to negotiate a plea bargain or win a full acquittal. This may be done by arguing that the defendant unknowingly possessed the drugs or was unaware that they were transporting them. If evidence is obtained illegally, that could also be grounds to have it suppressed and have the charge dropped.
Source: NJ.com, "Man turns himself in on drug charges, $1,000 reward offered for info on another," Louis C. Hochman, Jan. 14, 2015