If someone is the focus of an undercover investigation, they typically may have no idea they are being watched or that a search warrant can be coming at any time. For a 40-year-old New Jersey man, a two-month investigation and search warrant issued as a result led to drug charges being filed against him. The police contend the man had been selling drug from his home.
According to news reports, police found cocaine amounting to over five ounces, marijuana, packing materials and what police described as a 'large quantity' of money at the home searched. The man has been charged with distribution of drugs within 500 feet of a park, possession of drug paraphernalia, along with possession and distribution of a controlled substance. At the time of the report, he was being held at the county jail on $250,000 bond.
Two other men were also arrested in connection with the search of the man's home. One man was arrested when he left home because police allege he bought cocaine from the man. Another man was approaching the home when police stopped him and found crack cocaine on him. He was also wanted for a child support warrant and therefore arrested.
While these are serious drug charges levied against the men, they are still innocent until proven guilty. Although the police may have had a search warrant for the house, their primary focus may have only been on one man. The other two men arrested may have been at that the wrong place at the wrong time. The question of why they were searched and if there was just cause to search them may be posed as a part of a defense against the drug charges against them. In some New Jersey drug cases, people may not now their rights pertaining to searches and may be unaware if a search is legal or not.
Source: nj.com, "Gloucester Township man sold cocaine from Oxen Hill home: police," Joe Green, Feb. 26, 2013