On Sept. 16, it was reported that a New Jersey man was taken into custody and was charged with multiple drug offenses after approximately 2,700 doses of heroin was allegedly seized. The 23-year-old man was facing charges for possession of heroin and possession of heroin with intent to sell, among other offenses.
A number of law enforcement agencies were involved in the case. The authorities reportedly conducted a no knock search warrant at the man's Lakewood home on Marc Drive on Sept. 12. Police reportedly seized a number of items in addition to the drugs, including a .22 caliber rifle, a 9mm handgun and a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze.
In addition to the drug charges, he was also facing charges for possession of a firearm and for firearm possession while in control of dangerous substances. The accused man's bail was set at $300,000 cash. At the time of the initial report, he remained in custody.
Drug charges that involve possession of large amounts with an intent to distribute could potentially result in a lengthy prison sentence and fines, and those facing these issues may find it advisable to meet with a criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible. In some cases, the attorney could challenge the legality of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs, which could result in that evidence being inadmissible. In other situations, the attorney may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution which would involve a plea of guilty to a lesser charge in exchange for a reduction in penalties and a withdrawal of the more serious charges.
Source: Howell Patch, "Authorities Seize 2,700 Heroin Doses, $6,000 In Drug Raid", Patricia Miller, Sept. 16, 2015