A 23-year-old Jersey City man has been arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of his grandmother’s house. As reported by The Jersey Journal, the arrest occurred on Broadway in Jersey City. Officials say they received complaints from residents who said they smelled marijuana from his open window. Officials seized a large sandwich bag and six small plastic bags containing marijuana as well as a .22 caliber handgun. He faces several charges including possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school.
There are different penalties for individuals suspected of selling marijuana depending on the amount of marijuana seized by the authorities. For example, selling less than an ounce of marijuana is a fourth-degree crime. Selling between one ounce and five pounds is a third-degree crime. It is a second-degree crime to possess with the intention of selling between five pounds and 25 pounds of marijuana, and a first-degree crime to have over 25 pounds of marijuana.
There are additional charges depending on where the drugs were at the time of the arrest. Under New Jersey Statute 2C:35-7, for example, there are enhanced penalties for distributing marijuana within a school zone. Penalties for these types of crimes involve severe fines and jail time. Anyone facing distribution charges should immediately protect their rights by contacting an experienced drug crime defense attorney.
The marijuana crime defense attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record of helping those who face drug crimes – regardless of whether they are misdemeanor or felony charges – that you can learn more about via trial records. If you or a loved one is facing drug charges in New Jersey, please call one of our skilled attorneys at (609) 240-0040 before discussing your case with the authorities.