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Multiple Arrests for Drug Paraphernalia Possession in New Jersey

Bloomfield NJ Drug Charges LawyerOfficers from the Bloomfield Police Department recently arrested three individuals after reportedly discovering drug paraphernalia and hypodermic needles, commonly used to dispense heroin, in their vehicle during a routine motor vehicle stop.

Members of Bloomfield’s Anti-Crime Unit stopped a vehicle in the vicinity of Grove Street at approximately 12:11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12th. The car was occupied by 29-year-old Joseph Amante, 21-year-old Annisa Frey, and 24-year-old Jeremy Ramirez.

Joseph Almante, the driver, was reportedly driving with a suspended license, for which he was issued a motor vehicle summons. Almante and his passengers were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe after police retrieved hypodermic syringes, drug packaging materials, and other items considered drug paraphernalia from the vehicle. Almante was also charged with possession of CDS in a motor vehicle.

It is unclear where exactly the drug paraphernalia was located in the car, but this case raises several issues that are frequently involved in drug cases. First, the charges issued against each person in the car raise the question of “actual” versus “constructive” possession. In New Jersey, a person can be charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance or drug paraphernalia if he or she is found to have actual or constructive possession of it.

Actual possession refers to possession in which the item is located directly on the defendant’s physical person, such as in their pocket. On the other hand, constructive possession refers to possession in which the defendant does not physically have the item on his or her person but is aware that the item is present and is able to exercise intentional control or dominion over it. In this case, the fact that the drug paraphernalia was located in the car means that each person in the car can be charged with constructive possession of it.

The second issue involved in this case is related to the search of the vehicle. It is important to note that officers must have probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed in order to search the car, unless they obtain consent from the car’s owner. If officers cannot establish probable cause and did not obtain a search warrant or consent to search the vehicle, any evidence discovered therein is considered “fruit of the poisonous tree” and may be deemed inadmissible in a court of law. Without evidence to substantiate possession of the items, the drug charges are likely to be dismissed.

Whether the search was valid in this case will require investigation, which a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can conduct and use to build an effective defense.

For additional information pertaining to law enforcement activities in Bloomfield, New Jersey, access the Bloomfield: Police blotter, July 21

Employee at Cedar Grove Bank Accused of Stealing Thousands

Authorities recently arrested an employee at a Cedar Grove bank whom they believe stole nearly $20,000 from his employer. The man is now facing several criminal charges, including those for theft and computer criminal activity. According to the Cedar Grove Police Department, officers arrested 28-year-old Cedar Grove resident Matthew A. Roselle on Wednesday, July 13th. The… Continue Reading

West Orange Woman Arrested for DWI in Hoboken

Officers from the Hoboken Police Department recently arrested a West Orange woman on charges for driving while intoxicated (DWI) after she reportedly parked her car on a local side walk. According to Sergeant Edgardo Cruz of the Hoboken Police Department, officers arrested 21-year-old West Orange resident Cindy Ardon just prior to 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13th. The… Continue Reading

Orange Man Charged with Aggravated Assault, Weapons Offenses

After a recent dispute in Orange, New Jersey resulted in a shooting, a local man is facing charges for aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon, and associated weapons offenses. The aforementioned incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 4th in the vicinity of Washington and High streets. According to city authorities, 27-year-old Orange resident Quddus Widener… Continue Reading

Multiple Alleged Shoplifting Incidents at Local Stores in Bloomfield

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Authorities Arrest 4 for Alleged Cocaine Operation in Essex and Passaic Counties

After a six-month narcotics investigation, authorities arrested four individuals for their alleged involvement in a cocaine distribution operation that was reportedly conducting drug activities in Essex and Passaic counties. According to a recent announcement, authorities arrested four individuals on Friday, June 17th, after executing 10 search warrants throughout Passaic, Clifton, and Belleville. The four individuals… Continue Reading

Montclair Authorities Investigating Armed Robbery

Montclair authorities are currently investigating an armed robbery that occurred at a local gas station recently. The two male suspects, who remain unidentified, reportedly grabbed a gas station employee by the neck and robbed him at gun point. According to a news release issued by the Montclair Police Department, the robbery in question occurred at… Continue Reading

Police Seize Heroin, Marijuana, Guns During Newark Arrest

Officers from the Newark Police Department recently arrested a man who was reportedly found in possession of over $4,000 worth of heroin, marijuana, and three guns, including one defaced firearm. The man is now facing numerous charges for drug and weapons offenses. According to Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose, officers were conducting surveillance at the… Continue Reading

Alleged Assault in Verona Park Under Investigation by Essex County Authorities

Authorities in Essex County are actively investigating the alleged assault of a young female victim that is said to have occurred in Verona Park over Memorial Day weekend. According to a spokesperson for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, the assault incident occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28th, at which time an 18-year-old young woman… Continue Reading

Rutgers Newark Commencement Speaker Arrested for Alleged Battery

Just days before he is scheduled to deliver the commencement speech at the Rutgers Newark graduation ceremony, actor Wendell Pierce was arrested for an alleged fight in an Atlanta hotel. According to a statement provided by the Atlanta Police Department, television star Wendell Pierce was charged with simple battery after engaging in a fight at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in… Continue Reading