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Somerset County authorities accuse man of drug charges after raid

Prosecutors in Somerset County have obtained an indictment against a North Plainfield, New Jersey, man after law enforcement raided the man’s home last December. Law enforcement claims that officers saw the man near shed on the property during the raid.

Police apparently found a plastic bag stuffed with several hundred wax folds of heroin and some pot. Prosecutors believe that the man was trying to hide the drugs when law enforcement found him near the shed. A recent article in the Star-Ledger does not explain what details authorities used to obtain a search warrant for the man’s residence.

In the recent Somerset County case, authorities claim that the man lives near the North Plainfield High School. Authorities believe that the more than 400 wax folds of heroin and marijuana seized at the man’s home violate the state law prohibiting possession of drugs within 1,000 feet of a school zone. The man is also accused of possession with intent to distribute.

Drug charges in New Jersey are pursued by authorities with vigor. A person accused of a drug crime may be facing significant consequences, depending upon the circumstances. Drug offenses go beyond prohibiting the possession of controlled substances.

Large amounts can bring steep consequences. Possession with intent to distribute drugs can bring harsh consequences. Similarly, the location of an alleged offense can bring mandatory minimum sentencing provisions if a person is ultimately convicted—such as drug offenses that allegedly occur at a school, or in a school zone.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. Notably, a person accused of a crime has the right to challenge the state’s case in court. Each aspect of a case may be scrutinized to protect rights. Whether a challenge may come from a review of the allegations used to obtain a warrant, or whether the alleged facts contain credibility issues are among the kinds of things a criminal defense lawyer may want to evaluate.

Source: The Star-Ledger, “North Plainfield man indicted on drug charges near school zone,” Bill Wichert, Feb. 18, 2014

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