Men charged with drug crimes after traffic stop
New Jersey police claim to have discovered weapons and illegal substances during a traffic stop in Jersey City. According to their reports, the incident occurred near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Grant Avenue on Jan. 30. They charged the three people in the car with various crime and weapon violations.
The police stated that the area was known to them as a hotbed of drug trafficking and other illegal activities. However, the specific reason that they chose to stop the car and make inquiries of the occupants was not stated. Whatever their probable cause may have been, the police claim that the search ensuing discovered a wide variety of contraband. This caused them to take into custody the occupants of the vehicle, three male Jersey City residents aged 22, 25 and 26,
The report indicates that they found a fully loaded handgun in the vehicle, as well as a quantity of crack cocaine that had divided up in such a way so as to be ready for distribution to customers. As all three of the men in the car had previous felony convictions for different crimes, they were all charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Some of the bullets in the gun were hollow-point, which led to additional criminal charges against the men. They were also charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute within prohibited distances from school and public property.
A drug crime conviction carries the possibility of severe punishments that range from incarceration to monetary fines. An attorney may be able to assist a defendant in avoiding the charges against them, helping them to refute evidence that was illegally obtained.
Source: NJ.com. "Three Jersey City men charged with having gun, drugs in car", Michaelangelo Conte, Jan. 31, 2015