Law enforcement authorities reportedly arrested three Bergen County residents for drugs on Feb. 21 following a month-long investigation. Those detained included a 25-year-old man, a 24-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man.
Reports say that officers with the Fort Lee Police Department began investigating reports of alleged cocaine trafficking in the area. During the investigation, officers claim that they learned one of the three had obtained a driver's license using another man's identity. According to officials, a Chevy Impala was being used to move drugs, and upon stopping the vehicle, authorities allegedly discovered a hidden compartment in the car that was controlled electronically. No drugs were found in the car at the time of the stop, so the driver was not arrested.
Later, federal officers executed a search warrant on a home shared by the 25-year-old man and the 24-year-old woman. During the search, the officers reportedly found three and one-half pounds of cocaine concealed inside of a stove. Officers also found $6,000 in cash, according to reports. The 24-year-old woman was home and was arrested while the 25-year-old man was not present. He was later tracked to another residence where he was taken into custody. The 35-year-old man's residence was also searched, and officers indicated that the search yielded a small amount of heroin, a kilo press and $14,000 in cash. All three are facing multiple criminal charges for various drug offenses.
People who are charged with selling or possessing drugs may want to seek the help of an attorney who is familiar withdrug charge defense strategies. An attorney who regularly defends against drug allegations may have a better understanding of the methods that may be available to those who are charged.
Source: NJ.com, "Cocaine found in stove, $20K seized in Fort Lee drug takedown, police say," Noah Cohen, Feb. 21, 2015.