After a long investigation, New Jersey State Police Detectives executed two separate search warrants in the City of Irvington, NJ early yesterday morning as part of a larger ongoing drug investigation for heroin distribution. The investigation paid off big time when the search warrants resulted in the arrest of a 39 year old woman and 46 year old male who were then charged with numerous drug and weapons offenses. The contraband totaled a .357 Smith & Wesson handgun, 231 bricks of heroin, valued at $69,000, as well as $5,000 in crack cocaine and powder cocaine. Both individuals are being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility with bails of over $200,000. You can visit nj.com if you would like to read more about this story.
The extremely high bail is indicative of first and second degree crimes such as Heroin Distribution, Unlawful Possession of Weapons, Intent to Distribute Crack Cocaine, and Possession of a Firearm with Unlawful Purpose. These charges are some of the most severe crimes in the state and if convicted of a first degree felony you will face 10 – 20 years in prison and there is a presumption of incarceration for even a first time offender. Moreover, weapons crimes fall under the Graves Act which means that you will have to serve a mandatory portion of your sentence without being eligible for parole. The best thing you can do for yourself is to hire an experienced Irvington NJ Criminal Lawyer to combat the state’s case against you and negotiate with prosecutor’s office to seek a downgrade of the charges to minimize your incarceration exposure or even avoid incarceration altogether. If you are interested in speaking with a lawyer about your case, contact our office at (201) 793-8018 for a free consultation.