Woman Charged with Heroin Possession in Morris Plains, NJ
Many residents of Morris Plains didn’t imagine that their next-door neighbor might have a wide variety of illegal drugs under their roof.
A woman from Morris Plains was recently accused of illegal drug possession. Police came to the scene when they received a 911 disturbance call from the woman’s home.
Upon arrival, police learned that the woman had several outstanding arrest warrants. Police reportedly found a cache of drugs at the home, including Alprazolam, heroin, crack cocaine and pipes, hypodermic needles and a gravity knife.
She was arrested and faces several drug offense charges, such as possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of heroin, possession of illegal prescription drugs, possession of crack cocaine, and possession of hypodermic needles. Because gravity knives are prohibited in New Jersey, the woman is also facing a criminal weapons charge.
In New Jersey, controlled dangerous substances (“CDS”) are divided into five schedules. Schedule 1 includes drugs that are highly addictive and dangerous. These drugs aren’t considered to have medicinal value. Substances in Schedules II to V decline in levels of perceived danger to users and the probability of users abusing the drugs and rise in their recognized medicinal uses.
Heroin is considered a Schedule 1 drug and cocaine is considered a Schedule 2 drug. Alprazolam (the generic form of Xanax) is a Schedule IV drug.
Regardless of what schedule an illegal drug is classified, an individual charged with possession faces a third-degree crime under N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:35-10. Possessing any amount of a drug classified from Schedule I through IV incurs a minimum three-year and maximum five-year prison sentence and/or a maximum fine of $35,000.
If the woman in this example possessed any amount of a Schedule V controlled dangerous substance, she would face a maximum 18-month prison sentence and/or a maximum $15,000 fine.
Possessing any controlled dangerous substance near a school zone in New Jersey (within 1,000 feet of the school property or when on/within the same distance of a school bus) will incur possible jail or prison time, mandatory community service hours (minimum of at least 100 hours), plus any fines imposed by the judge.
A second, third, or subsequent conviction of CDS possession means that the defendant will face twice the penalties stated for an underlying offense. (N.J.S.A. § 24:21 – 29)
If you or someone close to you is facing a drug charge, you need an experienced drug crimes attorney. Ms. Jill R. Cohen is a former Assistant Prosecutor in Camden County, NJ. She is also a New Jersey Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Contact The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen in Westmont, NJ, to schedule an initial case evaluation.
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