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Man charged for accepting illicit package

Man charged for accepting illicit package

A 35-year-old New Jersey man is facing serious drug and weapons charges for accepting an illicit package on Aug. 26. New York Customs and Border Protection agents claim that they were able to intercept an international package sent to the accused on Aug. 25. The next day, law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery and detained the accused once he accepted the package.

After receiving consent to search the home, officers allegedly recovered several hollow point bullets, a .45 caliber pistol, marijuana and 60 grams of a substance believed to be Ecstasy. The package that was intercepted allegedly contained a substantial amount of ethylone, a psychedelic stimulant. Court officials say that the man accused has no previous criminal record in New Jersey. He now faces charges that include distribution of synthetic marijuana, possession of controlled dangerous substances, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm while committing a drug offense.

The man may benefit from seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. He appeared at Central Judicial Processing court via video link from a correctional facility in Kearny on Aug. 27. A lawyer might be able to help formulate a defensive strategy based on his recollection of the events. Defense counsel may attempt to challenge the prosecution on the merits of the interception, the operation, or the search and seizure performed at his residence.

Drug charge defense attorneys may have several viable strategies prepared for people who have been accused of serious offenses. These lawyers are often effective in helping people who have been accused of state or federal drug charges, including drug possession, trafficking, drug manufacturing or distribution, among others. Legal counsel may be able to assist people accused of parole or probation violations as well. Strategies often focus on exposing discrepancies or misconduct in the prosecution's case.

Source: nj.com, "Weehawken man faces drugs, weapons charges after taking delivery of drugs: police", Patrick McGovern, August 27, 2014

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