A 22-year-old Jersey City man faces multiple charges after a week-long probe led authorities to his apartment where he allegedly had a substantial amount of marijuana. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the arrest occurred at an apartment lobby on Greene Street in Downtown Jersey City. Officials say they arrested the man after a package containing 13 pounds of marijuana was delivered to him. After executing a search warrant on his apartment, they allegedly found $50,000 in cash and an additional pound and a half of marijuana. He faces charges including possession of more than five pounds of marijuana with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property and money laundering.
There is a tiered system for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute in New Jersey. Possession of one ounce of marijuana for sale is a felony punishable by 18 months of incarceration and a $25,000 fine. Individuals who intend to sell less than five pounds of marijuana face between three and five years of incarceration. Suspects charged with intending to sell between five and 25 pounds of marijuana will face between five and 10 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $150,000.
It is common for these types of cases to involve multiple charges such as possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of school property, or even money laundering in cases involving a drug sale operation. All of these crimes are serious and the resulting penalties can be life-changing.
The experienced NJ marijuana possession defense attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of fighting marijuana charges in New Jersey. If you or a loved one has been arrested on suspicion of possession or sale of marijuana in New Jersey, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.