Monmouth County Traffic Stop Leads to Huge Drug Bust

An Asbury Park NJ couple was stopped for a routine traffic violation but things escalated from there.  Police claim that an ensuing search of the driver, passenger and vehicle, yielded discovery of 40 bricks of heroine.  A subsequent search of the apartment of the suspects resulted in seizure of another 60 bricks of heroine, two kilos of cocaine, and $425,000 in cash.  Bail has been set at Continue Reading...

Synthetic Drugs: Are they worse than the real thing?

On August 22, 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed SCS-28289, which criminalized the manufacture, distribution, sale, and possession of synthetic drugs commonly labeled as “bath salts” or “plant food” in New Jersey.  The bill, now known as “Pamela’s Law,” which was ultimately codified in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5.3a (manufacture, distribution, and sale) and 2C:35-10.3a (possession) was named in memory of Continue Reading...

Defending Another Monmouth County Prescription Fraud Charge?

Local news sources have reported on the arrest of a Monmouth County man stemming from his attempt to fill a fake prescription in Middlesex County.  The script was for oxycodone and was presented in the name of a NY physician.  The gentelmen was charged with Third Degree Prescription Fraud and an assortment of other charges. We have been consulted by the suspect based on our experience in this Continue Reading...

Brimage Guidelines: Mandatory Periods of Parole Ineligibility (“Stip Time”) for Certain Drug Crimes

In State v. Brimage, 153 N.J. 1 (1998), the New Jersey Supreme Court was called upon to address the constitutionality of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-12, which the Court characterized as an “atypical” sentencing statute because it shifted sentencing power from the judiciary to the prosecutor.  The Court held that to satisfy the constitutional requirements of the separation of powers doctrine, prosecutors must Continue Reading...