Law enforcement officers in New Jersey take drug possession, drug sales, and all other drug-related offenses very seriously. In fact, they are constantly engaging in investigative operations to identify and arrest major drug offenders. In recent weeks, the Attorney General’s Office reported that “Operation Skin Deep” resulted in a drug bust and in the arrests and charging of 15 different individuals involved in two different drug rings. Police also seized about $1.2 million from one individual’s vehicle.
While many of the offenses charged involve purchasing, selling, and distributing cocaine, most of the individuals are also facing conspiracy charges. Conspiracy charges may apply when more than one individual works together and agrees to engage in unlawful behavior. In a large drug bust, it is common for several conspiracy charges to arise since drug rings can involve several people working together, each with their own individual tasks. Conspiracy charges can have serious penalties in addition to the penalties for the underlying drug crimes and a conviction for these offenses can result in lengthy imprisonment.
In addition to drug-related charges, four men in one drug ring were charged with conspiracy to murder a former colleague due to a drug and money-related dispute. If convicted, the sentences for these individuals can be substantially increased.
Drug Charges can be Extremely Serious in NJ
In New Jersey, possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use is not treated as a crime. However, nearly ever other drug-related charge is considered to be a serious criminal offense and the laws allow for penalties that vary depending on how much of the drug was in question and
- Fines ranging from $35,000 to $500,000;
- Maximum imprisonment ranging from five to 20 years (or more for serious trafficking charges);
- Serious criminal convictions on your permanent record.
Convictions for drug sales or other offenses can have a long-lasting effect on your life. If you believe that you are under investigation for any type of drug crime or if you have been arrested, you should not delay in consulting with a highly experienced NJ drug crime defense attorney.
Call for a Consultation with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in NJ Today
Whether you are charged with simple possession of a small amount of drugs or in connection with an extensive drug scheme, you need an attorney on your side who has the knowledge and experience to successfully defend against drug charges in New Jersey. Drug cases can be extremely complex with a substantial amount of evidence and lawyer David Barry has the skill and resources to identify all possible legal defenses in your case. If you have been arrested, please call the Law Office of David C. Barry at 732-238-8686 as soon as possible.