Mount Olive NJ police arrested a Budd Lake NJ man on cocaine distribution charges.
According to a police press release, the Mount Olive Police Investigations Division received a tip about cocaine sales at the Budd Lake home of 36-year-old Quinten Jimmerson. The division then began a month-long investigation of Mr. Jimmerson.
When police executed a search warrant to enter Mr. Jimmerson’s house, they allegedly found 22 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and paraphernalia used to package cocaine.
Mr. Jimmerson has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 governs the manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing of cocaine in New Jersey. As set forth by the statute, distribution of more than one-half ounce of cocaine is a second degree felony. In this case, Mr. Jimmerson could be looking at a term of incarceration of 10 years in NJ State Prison if he is convicted.
After he was arrested, Mr. Jimmerson was taken to the Morris County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 bail.
A 2nd degree felony charge like this has a presumption of incarceration even for first time offenders. So, even if this defendant has no prior criminal history, if he is convicted of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, it would be presumed that he would be sentenced to New Jersey State prison with the minimum term being 5 years and the maximum term being 10 years.
In addition, if he has a prior criminal conviction for drug distribution, he is subject to the Brimage guidelines which require a mandatory prison term with a period of parole ineligibility. This can have a huge impact on the actual amount of prison time that the defendant must serve before he can be released on parole.
Mount Olive Cocaine Distribution Charges NJ
For more information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Police Bust Budd Lake Man on Cocaine Distribution Charges After Month-Long Investigation.“
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