According to officials, a 54-year-old convicted felon from New Jersey has been arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. According to court documents, the man stands accused of possessing 26 bags of heroin stamped with the logo "9 1/2 Plus."
The man's first court appearance was held via video link on Nov. 24. Following advisement of his rights and the charges filed against him, the court set his bail at $40,000 cash or bond on that amount. He was in custody at the Hudson County jail in Kearny at the time of the report.
In addition to the possession with intent to distribute charge, the man is facing additional, aggravated charges of possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of School 34 and within 500 feet of Fulton Park. According to the man's records, he has been arrested 20 times previously in New Jersey on numerous charges, including drug possession near school property and public property. He has also reportedly been arrested in New York on 20 different occasions.
While any drug charges may carry serious penalties, charges of distribution or being within a certain distance of a school or park may carry even more severe consequences. Sentencing can also be increased when a person has a significant criminal record. Sometimes, however, a person is charged over and over again by law enforcement because they are known to the police. Simply being charged does not mean that a person is guilty, however. People who are accused of a crime have the right to defend against the accusations, and prosecutors have the burden to prove that a person committed the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Those who are charged may benefit by seeking the help of a criminal defense attorney. An attorney may be able to review the case in order to find its weaknesses and assert a good defense.
Source: NJ.com, "Jersey City felon with numerous prior arrests facing heroin distribution charges", Michaelangelo Conte, November 24, 2014