Three New Jersey residents have been detained on charges related to drugs. Authorities spent a month on the investigation, and it culminated in taking the individuals into custody in February.
As part of an investigation into cocaine trafficking, police found out that a 25-year-old man had used another individual's personal information to get a driver's license. Authorities also stopped a Chevy Impala that was allegedly involved in trafficking the cocaine. The dashboard of the car had a hidden compartment, but it was empty when the officer stopped it, so the driver was not charged. The car was seen making stops at the home of a 35-year-old man. The police then searched the residences of both men.
The 25-year-old man was not at his home, but police took the man's 24-year-old girlfriend into custody and claimed that they found packaging material, $6,000 in alleged drug proceeds and cocaine hidden in the stove. They also issued a warrant for the man. The other man allowed them to search his home, and police say they found what they believed to be heroin as well as a kilo press and more than $14,000. He was charged with heroin possession and money laundering. The 25-year-old man was later detained at another residence and has been charged with money laundering, identity theft, cocaine distribution and trafficking in personal information.
Individuals who are facing charges related to drug possession or distribution may wish to obtain the representation of a criminal defense attorney. One potential defense may be challenging the search if there was no probable cause. There may also be a possibility of negotiating an arrangement with the prosecutor pursuant to which the defendant agrees to plead guilty to a lesser offense.
Source: NJ.com, "Cocaine found in stove, $20K seized in Fort Lee drug takedown, police say", Noah Cohen, Feb. 21, 2015