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New Jersey man faces drug charges after driving incident

People may assume police can only stop a vehicle when it is driving on the road in a way they deem suspicious or erratic or that they need a warrant to search any vehicle at any time. However, if the police see a vehicle in a parking lot and believe there is reason to stop the car, they can and often do. A police stop in a New Jersey led to a man facing drug charges after police believed there was reason to search the car.

The incident began in a Quick Chek parking lot. There was a report that alerted police to erratic driving at night. The 38-year-old driver was given field sobriety tests, and authorities say he failed those tests. Police then searched the vehicle and say there were eight bags with residual heroin and two bags of heroin. Reportedly, there was also a syringe.

The man faces a number of charges. He was charged with driving under the influence along a school zone, reckless driving, being under the influence of a narcotic and also having possession of a dangerous controlled substance. The man wasn’t able to post the bail that was set and was held in custody on the charges.

Any kind of search and seizure operation must be conducted according to the law. If any evidence is gathered through an unlawful search and seizure, that evidence may be ruled inadmissible and not used against an individual. As was the case with this New Jersey man, a search has led to serious charges. Anyone facing drug charges related to a search should be fully aware of the legality of the search and seizure and what their legal options may be to contest the charges.

Source:, "Erratic driving leads to drug charges", , July 15, 2014

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