Police in Hanover Township NJ recently arrested a man who allegedly brought marijuana to a court appearance.
Authorities got quite a surprise when the 44-year-old suspect showed up to Hanover Township Municipal Court. The suspect, who lives in Morristown New Jersey, was required to empty his pockets into a bin prior to entering the court chambers. According to officials, the suspect deposited a small bag of marijuana in the bin.
The suspect was promptly placed under arrest and charged with several drug offenses, including two counts of simple possession of marijuana and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities did not say why the suspect was appearing in Hanover Municipal Court in the first place.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the marijuana possession charges, he could face severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), anyone in physical possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana can be charged with a disorderly persons offense. A conviction on charges of simple possession of marijuana can lead to a sentence of up to 6 months in the local county jail.
After being arrested and charged with the drug crimes, the suspect was transported to the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morristown, New Jersey. He was being held at the jail in lieu of a $2,500 bail amount.
For additional information about this case, access the NJ.com article entitled “Man Allegedly Brought Pot with Him to Court in Hanover.”