A woman in New Jersey received several drug charges after a traffic stop that occurred shortly after 3 a.m. on Sept. 13. The 20-year-old Eatontown woman was stopped by a police officer in Holmdel while she was traveling down Laurel Avenue in a Jeep. The officer allegedly noticed that the woman was driving erratically and decided to pull her over at the intersection of Middle Road and Laurel Avenue.
After the officer stopped the woman's vehicle, he discovered that she was driving with a suspended license. The woman was taken into police custody and later found to have heroin and drug paraphernalia on her person. She was handed a drug charge for possession of heroin along with charges for possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.
When she was taken into custody, police say that the woman was in possession of 18 packets of heroin, 19 empty packets that had previously contained heroin and three hypodermic syringes. The woman was released on a court summons after she was charged. There were no reports about why the woman's driver's license had been suspended or whether she had any previous drug charges on her record.
A person who has been charged for drug possession after a traffic stop may be able to build a defense based on the possible illegality of the search and seizure. An attorney may be able to help someone with this effort by arguing that police had no probable cause to stop the defendant's vehicle and did not obtain the defendant's permission to search the vehicle.
Source: Holmdel-Hazlet Patch, "Holmdel Police Arrest Woman On Drug Charges," Michelle Sahn, Sept. 18, 2015