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New Jersey college student arrested on drug charges

New Jersey college student arrested on drug charges

A Princeton University student was arrested Jan. 6 when he allegedly attempted to retrieve a package containing ecstasy at a campus mailroom. The package, which was sent from overseas, had been intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in mid-December.

Federal authorities said that they contacted Princeton's public safety department and the Mercer County Narcotics Task Force to set up surveillance of the Frist Campus Center and arrest anyone who tried to pick up the package. The male defendant, a 20-year-old Princeton resident, was taken into custody when he signed for three packages, including the one being tracked. All three packages and the defendant's dorm room in Edwards Hall were searched by police.

They allegedly seized 31 marijuana cookies, 40 grams of psilocybin, also known as mushrooms, and various drug paraphernalia. A duffel bag carried by the defendant at the time of his arrest allegedly contained 55 grams of marijuana, five grams of hashish, 60 Adderall pills, a half-ounce of liquid LSD, two digital scales, one laptop computer and $400 in cash. The total value of all the narcotics was estimated to be nearly $3,000. The defendant has been charged with multiple drug possession and drug distribution crimes. He is free on a $25,000 bond.

New Jersey residents arrested on drug possession with intent to distribute charges could face severe penalties, including lengthy prison terms and fines. They may also find their educational and employment opportunities threatened. Anyone facing such charges may benefit by retaining a criminal defense lawyer to fight the allegations in court. An attorney could assess the strength of the prosecution's case and recommend a legal course of action that best protects a defendant's interests.

Source: NJ.com, "Princeton U. student arrested in campus mailroom after U.S. agents intercept package with ecstasy", Cristina Rojas, Jan. 7, 2015

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