In November, two men and a woman drove through Vineland, New Jersey. Only one of the men was from New Jersey. The other two were from out of state. Eventually, local police stopped the vehicle. In addition to a three year old child, the car contained suspected heroin, per the news. The cops discovered 657 alleged bags of heroin, according to the press, and other contraband, too. Consequently, the police charged the suspects with Heroin Possession With Intent to Distribute, in violation of N.J.S.A 2c:35-5, and other crimes, too.
Heroin Possession With Intent to Distribute, contrary to N.J.S.A. 2c:35-5
any person who knowingly or purposely:
The degree and penalties for heroin possession with intent to distribute, based on N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, depend on the amount of heroin, including any adulterants or dilutants.
First Degree Crime
Quantity: Five ounces or more
State Prison: Between ten years and twenty years
Mandatory minimum: One-third to one-half of sentence
Fines: Between $200,000.00 and $500,000.00
DEDR Penalty*: $3,000.00
Second Degree Crime
Quantity: One-half ounce but less than five ounces
State Prison: Between five years and ten years
Fines: Up to $150,000.00
DEDR Penalty*: $2,000.00
Third Degree Crime
Quantity: less than one-half ounce
State Prison: Between three years and five years
Fines: Between $15,000.00 and $75,000.00
DEDR Penalty*: $1,000.00
Drug Court: for qualified applicants
Victims of Crime Compensation Office Penalty (VCCO): $50
Law Enforcement Officer Training & Equipment Fund: $30
Safe Neighborhood Services Fund Assessment: $75
Drug Abuse Education Fund: $50
Lab Fee: $50
Driver’s License Suspension: Up to two years
*DEDR stands for Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction.
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