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Numerous drug charges filed following investigation

Three people have been taken into police custody in connection with a drug trafficking investigation in Morris County. The investigation, which was spearheaded by the Parsippany Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit, was initially launched in late 2016. The Morris County Sheriff's Office and Jefferson Township police were also involved in the investigation.

The effort culminated in the execution of a search warrant at a home in Jefferson on Jan. 20. According to Parsippany police, three pounds of marijuana and a total of 398 prescription pills were seized from the home located on Benedict Drive. In addition to the drugs, police also discovered an amount of cash in excess of $12,000 and recovered a number of items that were reportedly stolen during a robbery in Parsippany on Jan. 19. The stolen property was found within the residence and inside a 2016 Chevy Cruze that was parked near the home.

Charges were subsequently filed against two male residents of the home as well as against a third person who was later detained on Feb. 8. A 22-year-old resident and the party who does not live at the address are both facing charges in connection with the stolen property. Both residents of the home have been charged with numerous drug-related offenses, including possession with intent to distribute and possession. In addition, the 22-year-old man was wanted in Morris County on a warrant for violating probation at the time the search warrant was executed. All three have now been released from custody.

New Jersey residents who find themselves facing charges for marijuana offenses may want to seek advice from an attorney regarding their possible defense options. Under some circumstances, an attorney can get a criminal charge downgraded to a municipal charge, which may have milder consequences.

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