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Former high school assistant coach faces drug charges

Former high school assistant coach faces drug charges

A New Jersey man is facing drug charges after authorities reportedly saw him at a motel that is known for criminal activity. The drug charges include possession for illegal steroids, hypodermic needles and a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.

Authorities detained the 38-year-old former high school football assistant coach shortly on Sept. 26 after a traffic stop on Route 22. An officer with Bridgewater Police was reportedly checking the parking lot of the motel when he noticed a man, later identified as the former assistant football coach, sitting in a Dodge Ram with the engine running. The man allegedly drove to the exit, and the officer followed. The officer claims that the man suddenly made a U-turn, returning to the motel parking lot. Shortly thereafter, the officer reported seeing the man leave the motel, heading west on Route 22.

When the officer stopped the man for several violations, including failing to signal a lane change, the man allegedly gave him conflicting stories about where he had been. An officer and K-9 with Hillsborough Township Police were dispatched to the traffic stop, at which time the dog reportedly indicated that drugs were in the pickup. When the man allowed the officers to search his vehicle, they allegedly found 14 syringes and two boxes of 400-milligram steroids in a plastic bag. The man was detained and released on his own recognizance with a court appearance scheduled for Oct. 10.

People who face drug charges may feel that they have no way of getting out of the situation. However, a lawyer might be able to get the charges dropped by challenging the manner in which any evidence was collected against the defendants. Another approach is to question police's reason for probable cause. A lawyer might also negotiate a plea deal to reduce the charges and the penalties that the defendants face for the conviction.

Source: mycentralJersey.com, "Cops: Sayreville coach in steroid bust at seedy hotel", October 04, 2014

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