In New Jersey, news sources say that four men who were taken into police custody following the execution of a search warrant on March 27 are now facing drug charges. Reports indicate that heroin, cocaine, PCP and an assortment of drug manufacturing and packaging materials were discovered during the search of an apartment located on Dwight Street in Jersey City. In addition, the criminal complaint alleges that three of the men, who reside at the same address, maintained a drug production facility there.
The three men appeared in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City on April 1 via video link where bail was set at $350,000 cash or bond for two of the men and at $125,000 cash or bond for the third. Court officials indicate that bail for the fourth man, who has open charges unrelated to this case, will be set in Superior Court.
All of the men have been charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to distribute 89 bags of suspected heroin, 77 grams of suspected cocaine and a jar containing suspected PCP near public property and a school. The three individuals who are charged with the most serious count, maintaining a drug production facility, could face up to 20 years of jail time if they are convicted.
Because the penalties associated with any drug crime conviction in New Jersey may be harsh, area residents who are facing charges may find it helpful to ask a skilled attorney to evaluate their case. Upon examination, the attorney may be able to identify deficiencies in the prosecution's evidence that could lead to a dismissal of the charges. Some individuals may be eligible to participate in a diversion program, which could also lead to a dismissal. If the case does proceed to trial, the attorney may be able to prepare a defense that might ultimately lead to a positive outcome for the client.
Source: NJ.com, "Three Jersey City men could face 20 years behind bars on drug charges," Michaelangelo Conte, April 1, 2015