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7 New Jersey residents face drug charges

Narcotics detectives in New Jersey took seven people into custody on a recent Sunday night for alleged drug violations. The suspects were charged with possessing over $13,000 of drugs and three loaded guns. In addition to their drug charges, police allege that the arrested individuals were members of a street gang.

Authorities believe that the accused individuals were selling marijuana and heroin from an apartment, which is located on the first floor of a three story house. Three of the individuals were apprehended in that residence. Four of them were arrested outside of the building. Allegedly, they had been selling controlled substances off the front steps of the residence.

The guns that police seized are allegedly stolen firearms, including a Ruger P90, a Security 0.38 caliber gun and a Colt 45. Additionally, police claim to have found marijuana, 1,155 heroin packets and $3,925 in cash. Among the arrested were two women and five men between the ages of 18 and 32.

The arrested individuals in this matter have been accused of a variety of crimes, including drug charges. Due to their alleged association with a street gang, police may also try to connect them with additional crimes. By employing successful criminal defenses, however, the accused in this New Jersey case may succeed in getting certain charges dropped in order to lessen the threat and/or severity of punishments should any conviction ultimately be secured. They may also be able to reach a plea agreements individually with the prosecution in their court proceedings in order to achieve a preferential result in their specific case.

Source: northjersey.com, Paterson bust nets seven arrests, $13,000 in drugs, three loaded guns, Joe Malinconico, Feb. 24, 2014

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