Irvington Man & Corrections Officer Accused of Smuggling Fentanyl into Northern State Prison
An Irvington man and state corrections officer was charged in October with smuggling fentanyl and marijuana into Northern State Prison, according to a recent news article on NJ.com.
The charges include conspiracy, official misconduct, bribery, and drug distribution. They are based on claims that the man took over $200 in bribes from an inmate’s girlfriend to carry the drugs to the inmate, who was allegedly selling them to other prisoners, who paid for them by having friends or relatives wire money to the seller’s girlfriend.
According to prison officials, the man was suspended from duty in December 2016 during an investigation, which began when prison officials found drugs inside the inmate’s cell. The allegations include that the man smuggled marijuana and a powder laced with fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid linked to a number of recent opioid overdose deaths in New Jersey and other states, according to NJ.com.
The category of “drug charges” is broad in New Jersey. It can include anything from possessing substances like heroin to possessing prescription drugs without a prescription. It can even include possession of no actual drugs at all, only “drug paraphernalia” like an empty plastic bag that did, at one time, contain a controlled substance.
Drug charges come with serious consequences in New Jersey. When the charges include a claim that fentanyl or another opioid was involved, the consequences may be even more dire, given the high profile that substances like fentanyl currently have in the media. Even if you are found innocent, the connection made between you and drugs may damage your reputation and undermine friendships, work relationships, and other important parts of your daily life.
If you’re facing drug charges of any kind in New Jersey, it’s important to respond proactively. Contact criminal defense attorney Jill R. Cohen today by calling 856-242-7177 or by filling out our convenient online contact form to schedule a consultation.
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