A Raritan NJ man who had been convicted of growing marijuana in his basement avoided jail time; instead, he was sentenced to five (5) years in the Somerset County drug court program.
Although 49-year-old Mark Remeta was convicted of manufacturing marijuana, he was acquitted on the more serious charge of maintaining a narcotics production facility, a charge that could have led to a term of incarceration of 20 years in NJ State Prison.
Mr. Remeta had been arrested after a police officer smelled marijuana at Mr. Remeta’s Brentwood Road residence. Mr. Remeta later admitted to having marijuana in his house and consented to a police search of his property. During the search, officers found 34 marijuana plants in the basement.
At sentencing in Somerset County Superior Court, Mr. Remeta admitted to making mistakes in the past and apologized for having broken the law.
The Somerset County drug court program is an alternative to prison for qualifying non-violent offenders. In order to remain in good standing in the program, participants are required to make regular court appearances, attend drug treatment, and undergo frequent drug testing. Participants in drug court are also subject to intensive supervision by probation officers.
To learn more, read the NJ.com article entitled “Raritan Man Sentenced to Drug Court for Growing Marijuana in Basement.“
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