Plastic Bags Can Constitute Drug Paraphernalia

On Tuesday, the Elizabeth police made an arrest for distribution of small plastic bags commonly used to package marijuana.  While the case is somewhat unorthodox, there were approximately 4.0 million bags seized.  It was believed that the convenience store in question was the primary source for packaging materials in Elizabeth.  The police also seized digital scales, grinders, and approximately $66,000 in cash.

We have occasion to handle quite a number of marijuana charges in Union County Superior Court, as well as the municipal courts throughout the County.  While the arrest may be a legitimate one, I have a hard time believing that the arrest was intended to yield paraphernalia only.  The effect of the arrest on Marijuana distribution in Elizabeth and Union County probably will be neglible unless it yields cooperation, which is always a possibility.

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