We have written before on our Union County criminal law blog about how people might be charged with crimes unrelated to those that police might initially question them about. Another incident like that happened recently in Hudson County. Police responded to a Secaucus home on a suspected domestic abuse case. However, when they arrived, they say that they found evidence that led to drug charges against a 30-year-old man.
The man was charged with multiple charges that could land him a prison sentence of up to 10 years. He was charged with possessing 17 pounds of marijuana, having $30,000 in cash that was suspected of being proceeds from drug sales, and possession of heroin.
The man was also charged with assault in relation to the domestic disturbance that brought police to his home in the first place. When they got there, they say they found the drugs and the cash in a nearby vehicle and in a safe on the property.
According to the charges, the man is also in hot water because of his location. He was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana within 1,000 feet of a high school and within 500 feet of a park.
In some cases, people who are charged with marijuana possession can be accepted into a pretrial intervention program, which puts their charges on hold for a year. This isn't always possible, however. Someone who is charged with possessing 17 pounds of marijuana might not have this option available to him.
Source: The Jersey Journal, "Secaucus man charged with possessing 17 pounds suspected marijuana and $30,000 in suspected drug proceeds," Michaelangelo Conte, May 28, 2014