Last month, a routine call to investigate a suspicious vehicle ended up resulting in seizure of approximately $250,000 of marijuana in Freehold. A township police officer was responding to a call from a neighbor regarding a suspicious vehicle and when he pulled up to a U-Haul in the driveway, he saw a large stash of marijuana plants apparently being moved. On further investigation, many more plants and a marijuana production facility was discovered in the house.
I am not naive enough to believe that small marijuana production facilities exist throughout New Jersey and Monmouth County. However, this bust seemed to be a little more than one would anticipate. There may be, however, an interesting issue concerning the arrest insofar as it sounds like the officer entered the house without a warrant. A substantial portion of the weight of marijuana was comprised of the plants inside the house and they may well be excluded from the case because of a bad search. The defense attorneys on the case will have to see how the facts unfold.
Our defense firm handles a substantial amount of marijuana charges in Monmouth County every year. We find the prosecutors to be tough but fair. While charges of manufacturing or distributing marijuana, or maintaining a marijuana production facility, are very serious, choosing an attorney experienced in handling marijuana charges in Monmouth County may make a big difference in the outcome of this case.