Boonton Township police arrested a man accused of bringing heroin to a court appearance.
According to police, the 24-year-old suspect was in Boonton Township Municipal Court to appear as a defendant in another criminal proceeding.
Somewhat amazingly, the defendant allegedly arrived at the court with a fold of heroin on his person. The drugs were reportedly discovered when officers conducted a security detail in advance of the court session.
After allegedly finding the drugs concealed on the suspect, police immediately placed him under arrest. He has been charged with drug paraphernalia possession.
Drug paraphernalia possession charges are governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2. Although the offense is generally considered a minor drug offense, a conviction for drug paraphernalia charges can still result in significant penalties. If the suspect in this case is convicted of a disorderly persons offense, he may be sentenced to as many as six months in the county jail.
The suspect was released on bail and ordered to return to Boonton Township Municipal Court to answer the new charges.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Boonton Township Man Brought Heroin Folds to Court Appearance, Police Say.”