A New Jersey man has been convicted on a variety of charges and infractions stemming from a traffic stop in which a gun and marijuana were discovered. He was sentenced to a total of eight years in prison on April 17.
The man originally came to the attention of the police because of a report of a dog closed in a parked car on a warm day in June 2013. The police went to Crossings Apartments in Glassboro to look for the dog, but the car was already gone when they arrived. However, they saw a car matching that description on the road in the area with the 26-year-old Berlin man behind the wheel, and they chose to stop him and inquire.
The police officer found a dog in the car with him, but they also detected a strong odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle revealed a .380 pistol and several bags containing marijuana. A search of the man's person produced a handgun clip with .380 bullets in it. The marijuana in the bags totaled 1.6 ounces in weight. Based on this evidence, the prosecutor chose to charge the man with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute in the third degree and possession of a firearm while committing a CDS offense in the second degree.
Bergen County residents and other New Jerseyans charged with a drug crime may wish to avail themselves of the services of an attorney at law. Not only will the attorney be able to provide a valuable legal perspective on the charges and their consequences, but they may be able to represent their client whenever it is necessary they make a court appearance.
Source: South Jersey Times, "Camden County man sentenced on drug, gun charges," April 20, 2015