On Aug. 28, a New Jersey man was charged with multiple drug offenses after the police conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. According to the report, the traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:13 p.m. after he was observed speeding near West Front and Richardson streets in Florence.
The officer who conducted the stop stated that he smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car after he conducted the stop. When the vehicle was searched, police reportedly seized cocaine and marijuana in addition to drug paraphernalia that included rolling papers and packaging. Finally, a large amount of cash was seized, though the exact amount was not included in the report.
The man, whose age was not indicated, was taken to Burlington County Jail where he was being held on $50,000 bail. He was ultimately charged with possession and distribution of drugs. It was not known when his next court date was scheduled to be.
The consequences for drug convictions are severe in the state of New Jersey and may include a lengthy prison sentence, probation and a conviction on the person's criminal record. The severity of the consequences may upon the amount the person was accused of having on them when they were taken into custody and whether or not the person has past drug-related convictions.
An attorney for someone who is accused of drug possession may be able to have the charges dropped or the charges reduced if there is evidence that the traffic stop leading to the charges or the following investigation was not properly conducted. Additionally, if the attorney successfully argues that their client's rights were violated in any way, the charges may also be dropped or significantly reduced, which results in reduced consequences.
Source: NJ.com, "Burlington man arrested on drug charges following Florence trafic stop", Cristina Rojas, September 02, 2014