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Central Jersey makes multiple arrests in drug distribution ring

After a five-month investigation, a large distribution ring has been shut down, resulting in charges against 20 people. Allegedly, the arrests helped bring down a group supposedly supplying Somerset, Middlesex and Bergen counties with Oxycodone pills, heroin, methamphetamine and a wide array of firearms. In New Jersey, investigators called this drug distribution ring Operation Birdcage.

Allegedly, police seized over 2,000 bags of heroin, a kilo of cocaine, a host of pills and marijuana with an estimated street value of over $300,000. Nine vehicles were seized, along with almost $100,000 in cash and 19 firearms, ranging from assault weapons to handguns and rifles. Police also confiscated an assortment of drug manufacturing equipment.

1 facing drug charges in relation to traffic stop for littering

Littering is a serious offense on its own, and those caught in the act may face monetary fines in relation. However, should a similar action lead to a traffic stop, the situation could become much worse, especially if authorities suspect the presence of further wrongdoing. A 19-year-old man has recently been arrested and is facing drug charges following a traffic stop that took place under similar circumstances in New Jersey.

The incident took place at around 6:40 a.m. on a recent Saturday morning after a police officer claimed to have witnessed a driver throwing trash out the window while waiting at a traffic light. The officer proceeded to initiate a traffic stop and, upon approaching the vehicle, allegedly caught wind of the scent of marijuana. A subsequent search allegedly led the officer to discover the man to be in possession of an unspecified amount of marijuana.

Drunk driving accident shatters utility pole

The penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol can be severe and may include hefty fines and possible jail time. Sometimes, courts recommend suspension of driving privileges and mandate those convicted of such offenses to attend alcohol education programs. In New Jersey and in every other state, those caught drunk driving can expect harsh penalties.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, a suspected drunk driver slammed into a utility pole, closing a major roadway down for the day. On the corner of East Madison Avenue and Chestnut, a utility pole sustained severe damage to its bottom half because of the collision. Tense moments arose when a local electric company truck drove into low hanging wires. There were reports of the pole and wires bouncing and swaying for several minutes. Authorities recommended that residents use other avenues while repairs were underway.

Women killed in drunk driving crash

A devastating crash claimed the life of a woman crossing the street on her way to a local drug store. The accident happened on Sept. 22, 2017, at about 8:15 p.m. at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Broadway in New Jersey. Police did not indicate whether speed was a factor in the crash. Allegedly, charges of drunk driving, as well as reckless and careless driving, are being filed against the driver.

Supposedly, the driver is a Long Branch police officer and was named "Cop of the Month" in Feb. 2015. Authorities allege that the officer was driving while intoxicated when the women walked out in front of him. He claims the woman was jaywalking and that he had a green light. The responding officer's dashboard camera video shows him recounting this information. No toxicology results are available.

Drunk driving charges filed in New Jersey

Police in New Jersey report that they arrested a man after his vehicle jumped a curb and he became belligerent while in custody. The man has been charged with drunk driving, and he may also face additional charges for refusing a field Breathalyzer test, reckless and careless driving. It was reported that he allegedly asked police to shoot him.

On Oct. 9, law enforcement authorities responded to a report of an SUV that was traveling on a local roadway in Sussex County when it struck a light post.  It was determined that the SUV hit the curb and not the post. At a store in Hopatcong, police found a vehicle with damage to its front-end that matched the marks along the curb. The driver claimed the vehicle was a rental and had front-end damage when he picked it up.

Man faces drunk driving charges

A man crashed his four-door sedan into a concrete structure in the parking lot of a restaurant on Oct. 1. According to authorities, the man panicked while turning onto River Styx Road near the parking lot of the Pavinici Italian Grill in Hopatcong, New Jersey. Allegedly, he will face drunk driving charges

At 2:05 a.m. on Sunday, an officer on patrol claims that a driver failed to negotiate a turn and ended up crashing into a concrete wall. The concrete structure turned out to be a well house that provides water to several neighborhoods in that area. The driver, a 26-year-old man, sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Newton Medical Center after failing several field sobriety tests. Supposedly, the man is facing additional charges of reckless and careless driving on top of driving while intoxicated.

New Jersey drug distribution operation

An undercover sting operation allegedly resulted in charges being filed against 13 people. The sting supposedly targeted illegal drug and heroin sales according to the Hunterdon County Prosecutor. The increasing overdose numbers in New Jersey has undercover agents focusing on drug distribution rings. Authorities claim that Operation Downtown Shutdown targets those who are selling drugs.

Eleven people from age 21 to 53 have been arrested, and are allegedly being indicted with crimes ranging from distribution to conspiracy. Most of those charged are from the Hunterdon County area. Authorities also claim that two additional people have supposedly been charged, but they have not yet been arrested.

History-making drug charges in New Jersey

June will go on record as the month with the largest drug bust ever in New Jersey history. Police responded to an alleged drug exchange on June 28 in a New Jersey parking lot. Over 45 kilos of the deadly synthetic drug fentanyl was seized. Several people have been arrested and are facing drug charges.

Authorities claim that the seizure netted enough lethal doses to kill the populations of both New York and New Jersey. The amount of drugs seized was so large that police originally thought it was heroin, but it was found to be fentanyl. The drug fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful, and it has been associated with the increase in overdoses across the country. One dose of the drug could be deadly, and this drug cache of fentanyl netted 18 million doses – all of which could be potentially lethal.

New Jersey woman steamrolled during drunk driving stop

A car accident resulted in a woman being accused of drunk driving and possibly using marijuana. In New Jersey, a woman was rear-ended while driving, and she quickly became the accused instead of the victim. She is accused of drunk driving and smoking marijuana.

The woman, who had remained calm throughout the interrogation, insisted repeatedly that she had no pot in her vehicle. The police officer then invoked a warrantless search of her car, claiming to have probable cause to do so under New Jersey case law. After a heated, verbal altercation with police, she allowed her car to be searched. She was again asked about marijuana, and at this point, she asked to call her attorney. Police car video shows the woman complying with officers. 

Drug possession arrest follows car crash

Authorities say a man may go to prison after an indictment on drug possession. South Plainfield, New Jersey, police officers arrested the suspect on May 17, 2017 after they allegedly found 17 Xanax pills on the man. The arrest for drug possession came after the car he was driving crashed into a telephone pole on West Avenue at about 1:16 p.m. 

According to reports, the man they arrested is the son of Edison, New Jerseys' current mayor. He was charged with possession, DUI and reckless driving, and he has since been indicted by a Grand Jury on Sept. 1, 2017 for controlled dangerous substance possession. He will appear before a Middlesex County Superior Judge for a post-indictment hearing.