Another press release written by a police department made the so-called news. I blogged about this practice previously, and the problems it poses for media objectivity. Per this propaganda piece, cops in Lavallette arrested a man for maintaining heroin manufacturing facility. To his credit, however, the author disclosed his source as a “press release.”
http://www.nj.com/ocean/index.ssf/2017/01/nj_man_charged_with_maintaining_heroin_manufacturi.html (last visited January 19, 2017).
Cops in Lavallette arrested the man after an investigation into his alleged heroin manufacturing and distribution. The cops claim, without a news investigation, they found a manufacturing facility for mixing, packaging, and stamping heroin for resale. The cops also claim they seized an alleged 250 wax folds of heroin, 50 grams of powder heroin, and $750. Additionally, they claim they found empty wax folds ready for packaging, stamps, and sifters. But without elaborating, they also claim they found “several other items used to package and distribute heroin.”
The cops charged the man with possession of heroin, possession of heroin over one half ounce with the intent to distribute and maintaining heroin manufacturing facility.
And here is the clincher. The press release stated in conclusion, “The investigation involved the Toms River Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Special Operations Group and the Lavallette Police Department.” Coming from the government, does this strike anyone as gratuitous chest-thumping?
Thus, without reporters to question the police, the media provides one-sided, slanted information for the general public.
Maintaining Heroin Manufacturing Facility, N.J.S.A. 2c:35-4
Except as authorized by P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-1 et seq.), any person who knowingly maintains or operates any premises, place or facility used for the manufacture of…any substance listed in Schedule I or II, or the analog of any such substance, or any person who knowingly aids, promotes, finances or otherwise participates in the maintenance or operations of such premises, place or facility, is guilty of a crime of the first degree…
State Prison: 10 years to 20 years
Parole Ineligibility: Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 2c:35-12, a mandatory minimum term fixed at, or between, one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed.
Fines: Up to $750,000.00 or five times the street value of all controlled dangerous substances, controlled substance analogs, gamma hydroxybutyrate or flunitrazepam at any time manufactured or stored at such premises, place or facility, whichever is greater.
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