Police made arrests of eight people this week in a joint effort with another state. Some of the people were from New Jersey and are now facing drug charges. The group is facing charges as a result of an investigation into drug distribution.
Some in the group arrested were charged with possession of narcotics and some with distribution of narcotics including charges relating to their proximity to a school zone. These charges are extremely serious and should not be taken lightly.
The people involved could face jail time and hefty fines if they are convicted. In this case, the people were all arrested within a short period of time by police, making it possible the proper procedures were not followed. It is important that police always follow procedures and laws. Not having a warrant or arresting the wrong person in a panicked situation might be a violation of a person's rights.
It is important to protect the rights of those accused of crimes. These protections help ensure that police and investigators don't overstep their constitutional limitations. During these arrests it is important to understand that many news articles about the incident use only a police report as their source. Police present their version of events as facts in their reports, without allowing the accused to respond to accusations.
Drug charges can have a serious impact on a person's future in New Jersey. Speaking with a criminal defense attorney can help minimize the impact an arrest has on a person's reputation and can help ensure a person's rights aren't violated.
Source: My Central Jersey, "Plainfield drug bust nets eight suspects," Mark Spivey, Feb. 20, 2012