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NJ Drug Arrest – 17 Face Prison


New Jersey has stiff penalties for drug offenses, especially for drugs such as those discovered in the drug bust mentioned above. Drug possession charges apply if drugs are discovered on a person, of course. But a person can also be charged if drugs are found in their home, in their vehicle, or in some location for which the suspect is responsible.  

Drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine carry harsher penalties than offenses related to marijuana. Possession of these drugs can carry penalties of up to five years in prison and fines of up to $35,000. Depending on the quantity of drugs on a person, charges can include drug possession with intent to distribute. For lower quantities, offenses could involve up to $75,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison, while larger offenses can carry fines of up to $300,000 and up to 20 years in prison.

In addition to these penalties, which can be quite severe, other repercussions can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s life, including their ability to find a job, advance in a career, or pursue higher education. It could impact one’s family dynamic and drastically affect one’s mental health.

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