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Woodbridge Man Arrested For Bring Drugs To Jail Is No Surprise To Me
I received a telephone call less than a month ago from mother seeking representation for her son who was in a residential substance abuse facility in conjunction with participation in drug court. While waiting for a bed at the facility, the individual, who is now a client, was incarcerated at the Monmouth County Adult Correction Facility. His mother and grandmother had made a significant number of deposits and payments to various inmates at the request of my client. Detectives wanted to question my client about these payments on suspicion that they were in return for heroin and other opiates provided by other inmates at the jail.
A Woodbridge NJ man was arrested this week for conspiracy to smuggle drugs into the jail. There is little doubt in my mind that these charges are directly related to the efforts to question my client. The defendant has been charged with distribution of a controlled dangerous substance at the jail and related offenses. This case is one of several now pending against the Woodbridge Township resident.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 prohibits manufacturing, distributing or selling a controlled dangerous substance, including cocaine and heroin, in Woodbridge or anywhere else in New Jersey. The severity of this offense is gauged by the quantity or weight of the drugs being distributed. It is a third degree crime to distribute less than a half ounce of heroin, as well as cocaine. An individual can face a separate and additional offense for distributing/selling cds in a school zone, however, this does appear to apply in this case.
Third degree distribution of heroin in Woodbridge or another location in the state carries significant penalties. The Woodbridge criminal lawyers at our firm know this fact well as we handle may cases involving this charge every year. In terms of the period of incarceration at sentencing, you can be sent to state prison for as much as five (5) years. The maximum fine that may be imposed is $75,000. The judge is also required to suspend your driver’s license for 6-24 months if you are found guilty under 2C:35-5.