Man indicted for drug charges after traffic stop
A 29-year-old man in New Jersey was taken into police custody on June 6 and later indicted on 27 criminal charges. According to the indictment that was presented by a Bergen County grand jury in late September, the man is accused of running a virtual pharmacy in which he sold various restricted substances. The accused man is reportedly a Russian citizen who was living in New Milford.
Prior to receiving the drug charges, the man had been stopped by police on Reichelt Road after he was allegedly spotted driving erratically. During the traffic stop, drugs were supposedly found in the man's car by a K-9 unit, and $4,550 in cash was also seized from the vehicle. When the man's house was searched, authorities claim to have discovered drugs, blank medical prescription slips and firearms.
After being held at Bergen County Jail for more than two weeks, the man was released on $100,000 bail. His various charges include possession with intent to distribute more than one ounce of methylone, a half-ounce of cocaine and unknown quantities of oxycodone, Xanax and morphine. He was also found to be in possession of suboxone, buspirone hydrochloride and acetaminophen combinations.
A person charged in a similar scenario may be able to file motions to have some of the evidence that was seized by police officers suppressed. A criminal defense lawyer could help in this effort by thoroughly investigating the initial traffic stop and any searches and seizures that were conducted. If police officers did not have probable cause to make the traffic stop in the first place, a judge may find that the searches were unlawful.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "New Milford man charged with having virtual pharmacy, weapons", Peter Sampson, September 25, 2014