NJ State troopers seized 65 pounds of marijuana found in a pickup truck.
According to police, the truck containing the illegal drugs was being driven by 41-year-old Carlo Taccetta, a suspected soldier in the Lucchese crime family.
Troopers stopped Taccetta on West Bloomfield Avenue in Montville, New Jersey. The stop was initiated as part of an ongoing investigation.
After being stopped, Taccetta allegedly gave troopers permission to search his vehicle. The subsequent search apparently resulted in the discovery of 65 pounds of marijuana.
After finding the marijuana, troopers arrested Taccetta. Shortly thereafter, Taccetta was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
In New Jersey, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute is governed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5. As set forth by the statute, possession of more than 25 pounds of marijuana is classified as a first degree felony. If Taccetta is convicted of first degree possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, he could be sentenced to up to 20 years in NJ State Prison.
After being charged, Taccetta was sent to the Morris County Jail on $75,000 bail.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Suspected Mob Soldier Had 65 Pounds of Pot in Montville, State Police Say.“
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