According to law enforcement authorities, a Belleville man was detained on charges of selling numerous different types of drugs out of his home in what police characterized as a "drug bazaar". He was taken into custody at his home on April 21.
When Essex County Sheriff's officers arrived with a search warrant, they reportedly found the home surrounded by numerous surveillance cameras. Additionally, they reported the house was fortified with steel cages over the doors. Police indicated they had to force their way in to conduct the search. The man was inside of the home at the time.
After officers began searching, they reportedly found large amounts of Oxycodone, ecstasy, heroin and Xanax. They additionally found cocaine and various materials allegedly used to process drugs. The man was taken into custody on multiple drug distribution and possession charges. He was additionally charged with possessing drug paraphernalia and having a fortified home. Upon arraignment, the judge set the man's bond at $200,000 cash. He still remains in custody in lieu of posting bond.
When people are facing a drug charge, they have the potential for a long prison sentence in the event they are convicted, especially if the charges involve drug distribution or trafficking. Those who are in this type of a situation may want to get the help of a criminal defense attorney early on. In some cases, an attorney might spot constitutional problems with how a search was conducted or how evidence was seized andthen file a motion for suppression of the evidence. In other situations, it may be possible to negotiate an arrangement with the prosecutor pursuant to which the defendant would enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for having the more serious ones withdrawn.
Source: NJ.com, "Man charged with running 'drug bazaar' out of fortified Belleville home," Dan Ivers , April 23, 2015.