Police routinely patrol neighborhoods with the intent of keeping a presence known and reducing potential crime in the area. When New Jersey police are on patrol in a neighborhood, they may observe suspicious behavior that they believe warrants a closer look or investigation on their part. In one neighborhood, police were conducting what was dubbed "quality of life" police work when they felt that filingdrug charges against a man was necessary. Several others were taken into custody as well.
The police were patrolling when they saw a man reportedly throwing drugs from the window of an apartment. They investigated and reported that the drug was heroin. Two more people were taken into police custody and later released. Police detained an additional individual who they held on a warrant.
The 22-year-old who was reportedly observed throwing the drugs was charged with a number of charges. He was charged with possession of heroin and also a charge of tampering with the evidence. He was also accused of intent to deliver drugs.
In New Jersey, drug charges are taken very seriously. Anyone charged with intent to deliver or possession may be facing serious consequences. The applicable sentencing guidelines may also lead to harsher potential punishments if there are any previous drug convictions on a person's record. Anyone who is facing any level of drug charges in New Jersey may want to be made fully aware of his or her rights and what any past convictions may mean when it comes to defending against subsequent charges.
Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "New Jersey man faces drug charges after tossing heroin from Easton apartment window, police say", Tony Rhodin, July 23, 2014