Three people were arrested on drug charges after being pulled over on Route 80 in Montville, New Jersey.
A police officer initiated a traffic stop after observing a vehicle traveling on Route 80 West with a taillight out.
When the officer pulled over the vehicle, he allegedly found 50 wax paper folds with a white substance. The officer also said that he found needles and a stun gun.
As a result of the traffic stop, 22-year-old John Stouch, 23-year-old Janine Belverio, and 18-year-old Justin Schoemer were arrested. All three were charged with possession of heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy, and being under the influence of heroin. Additionally, Belverio was charged with possession of a stun gun, while Stouch was charged with driving while intoxicated (DWI).
In New Jersey, heroin possession is addressed by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. NJ prosecutors typically charge offenders with third degree heroin possession for possessing even a small amount of the drug. In this case, if Stouch, Belverio, and Schoemer are convicted of third degree heroin possession, they could each be sentenced to up to five (5) years in NJ State Prison.
For more information, access the NJ.com article entitled “Police: Trio Had Stun Gun, 50 Folds of Heroin on Route 80 in Montville.“
If you are facing drug charges in New Jersey, contact Morristown NJ criminal defense attorney Travis Tormey for a free consultation about your case.