On Sept. 28, a judge in New Jersey sentenced a former Princeton University student to five years behind bars. The 21-year-old man had pleaded guilty to several drug possession and drug distribution charges stemming from his arrest in January 2015. The man has been out of custody on $25,000 bail, and he will start his sentence on Nov. 13. A spokeswoman reported that the delay is being caused by a medical issue.
In December 2014, a package being sent from overseas and addressed to the accused man was intercepted by federal agents. When the man collected the package and two other packages the following month, authorities took him into custody. The man was reportedly in possession of a duffel bag during the incident that contained multiple types of illegal drugs.
Authorities claim that the duffel bag carried by the accused man contained 55 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of hashish, a half-ounce of liquid LSD and 60 Adderall pills. There was also a laptop computer, $400 in cash and two digital scales in the duffel bag. Police also seized various drug paraphernalia items, 40 grams of psilocybin and 31 marijuana cookies during the incident.
People who have been handed drug charges following a police search and seizure may be able to dispute their charges. An attorney for the defendant may begin by questioning the validity of the search warrant that led to the seizure of evidence. Even if the search warrant was valid, the defendant may be able to point out unlawful actions taken by police during the incident. If key pieces of evidence can be suppressed, the defendant may be able to have some of the charges dropped.