Not long ago, a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were arrested at a New Jersey warehouse. They were both arrested on drug charges after they appeared to pick up $250,000 in marijuana that had been shipped from outside of New Jersey. The drug charges were precipitated by undercover operations coordinated by federal, state and local agencies.
The drug task force from the county prosecutor's office was said to have learned about a large amount of marijuana being shipped from an interstate business on the west coast city to a New Jersey warehouse in Montville Township. The drugs were shipped in "relocation tubes," commonly used to transport bulk materials from tractor-trailer to tractor-trailer throughout the country. Federal drug agents supposedly got word that someone was planning to go the warehouse and claim the container full of drugs.
Subsequently, officers report they saw the man and woman approach the container and an undercover agent met with them before helping them to unload the drugs. They were then both arrested and charged with possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to possess more than 25 pounds of marijuana. They were detained at the Morris County Jail in lieu of posting bail.
Notwithstanding the grave nature of the drug charges, the New Jersey defendants are both innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law. Like anyone else accused of a crime in our state, they are fully entitled to defend themselves by confronting witnesses against them in court and challenging any evidence sought to be introduced against them.
To obtain a conviction, the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If the defendants plead not guilty, the onus is on the prosecution to prove each and every element of the drug charges in a fair and impartial criminal proceeding. If the prosecutor does not meet the burden of proof for conviction, the individuals charged cannot be found guilty.
Source: The Citizen, "Pair busted picking up $250,000 in marijuana shipped to Montville warehouse," April 9, 2012