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Woodbridge Man Arrested for Possession of Marijuana and Heroin in Paterson
David Dyson, 35, of Woodbridge, was arrested on the evening of Saturday, April 25 when Paterson police stopped the vehicle he was riding in for multiple traffic violations, including speeding. Dyson asked officers to allow him to get his chewing tobacco, and as Dyson reached for his tobacco, that’s when officers allegedly spotted a bag of marijuana in plain sight in the vehicle. Dyson was asked to exit the vehicle, and two more bags allegedly containing marijuana were found in his pockets. Upon searching Dyson when they placed him under arrest, officers further found an alleged brick of heroin in his possession, with a street value of about $350.
Heroin and Marijuana Possession Charges
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, Dyson could be subject to penalties for possession of heroin, which is a third-degree crime carrying penalties of up to 5 years in jail, a fine of up to $35,000, and a mandatory 6 month suspension of his driver’s license. These penalties apply even for possession of a small amount of heroin, but the amount of the fine imposed may escalate further from there, depending on the amount of heroin seized. If Dyson is also found guilty of having intended to distribute the heroin in his possession, then the penalties will be increased. If the amount of heroin in Dyson’s possession at the time of his arrest was greater than one half ounce, he could be charged with a second-degree crime, and face 5-10 years of jail time, and if the amount was greater than five ounces, he could be charged with a first-degree crime, and face 10-20 years of jail time and a fine of up to $500,000. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-2, Dyson could also be subject to penalties for possession of marijuana, which is a disorderly persons offense carrying penalties of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, unless the amount in his possession was over 50 grams, in which case the offense would be a felony carrying penalties of up to 18 months in jail and a $25,000 fine.
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