A 39-year-old man from Atco has posted $35,000 in bail and been released from the Ocean County Jail. He had been arrested in Manchester on Jan. 30 after police searched his 2005 Ford Taurus when it was parked near Spruce Drive in the Richard Estates neighborhood. According to the police report, the presence of the vehicle was deemed suspicious and three officers investigated it.
Also arrested at the same time was a 22-year-old woman from Westville, NJ who was with him. Together they face charges stemming from the drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and 28 bags of unspecified amounts of crack cocaine found in the vehicle. The car was seized and expected to be claimed by authorities under forfeiture laws. The police report mentioned that outstanding warrants against the man and woman were also present but did not give further details. The woman was released with a summons to appear.
When people are charged with possession of drugs and even trafficking, they could potentially have to live with a permanent criminal record, lose property like a vehicle or home, and endure a prison sentence. However, options exist for mounting a defense and possibly limiting the consequences of the criminal charges.
A person in a situation involving possession of illegal drugs might benefit from consulting with a criminal defense attorney. Such an attorney can examine police reports and other evidence in an attempt to identify errors in the police investigation, such as conducting a search without the requisite probable cause. This could be a way to get evidence removed from a case or negotiate for lighter charges.
Source: Manchester Patch, "Crack cocaine seized, pair charged with drug offenses in Manchester", Karen Wall, Feb. 2, 2015