Free Initial Consultation

Essex County Office: 973-239-8000

Long Beach Island Office: 609-494-8884

Category Archives: Drug Offenses

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

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

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

Montclair Man Arrested on Marijuana Charges after Motor Vehicle Search

A Montclair man was recently arrested on drug and weapons charges after a routine traffic stop resulted in a search of his vehicle and the discovery of significant quantities of marijuana, as well as a handgun. The aforementioned incident occurred at at 12:19 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27th, when officers from the Bloomfield Police Department’s… Continue Reading

Woman Allegedly Threatens Essex County Sheriff’s Officer During Drug Arrest

A suspected member of the Bloods street gang was arrested following a narcotics investigation conducted by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office recently. She is facing several drug charges, as well as weapons offenses, and charges for terroristic threats, as she allegedly threatened the arresting officer while being taken into custody. According to Essex County Sheriff Armando… Continue Reading

Essex County Officials Discover Crack Cocaine, Heroin During Drug Busts

Officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department arrested six individuals after two drug busts conducted in Bloomfield and Newark recently. The busts reportedly led to the seizure of significant quantities of heroin and crack cocaine. According to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, the first incident occurred when members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Office’s narcotics task force… Continue Reading

Bloomfield Drug Raid Leads to Seizure of $650,000 Worth of Heroin, Marijuana

After a Bloomfield man was arrested on an unrelated warrant, a subsequent search of his home led to the seizure of over 500 bricks of heroin and 70 pounds of marijuana. He is now facing a myriad of serious drug and weapons charges, as well as conspiracy, resisting arrest, and hindering apprehension. 37-year-old Bloomfield resident Emmet… Continue Reading

Belleville Police Charge West Caldwell Woman with Possession of Heroin, Cocaine

Officers from the Belleville Police Department recently arrested a West Caldwell woman who is now facing a host of serious drug charges, including possession of heroin, cocaine, and drug paraphernalia. This case began at approximately 4:19 p.m. on Friday, March 18th, when the Belleville Police Department received a report of a woman who was refusing to… Continue Reading

Essex County Authorites Charge Newark Woman with Drug and Weapons Offenses

Authorities in Essex County recently arrested a Newark woman who is now charged with multiple drug and weapons offenses, after a search of her home reportedly revealed crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and a handgun. According to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, 45-year-old Newark resident Venessia Northover was arrested after a search warrant was executed at her home on… Continue Reading

Two Arrested in Bloomfield for Heroin and Other Alleged Drug Crimes

During a police surveillance operation in Bloomfield recently, officers arrested two men, one from Montclair, who are now facing a host of drug charges after allegedly engaging in drug-related activities in front of a local apartment complex. The initial surveillance operation was compelled by ongoing narcotics investigations in Bloomfield, according to officials from the Essex County Prosecutor’s… Continue Reading