Police in Mendham Borough recently arrested a Totowa NJ man who allegedly possessed illegal drugs while driving on a local street.
The Mendham Borough Police Department sent police officers to the area after receiving an anonymous tip that the suspect was selling cocaine in clear view of passersby. When Mendham police officers got to the scene, they were unable to locate the suspect.
Mendham NJ patrol officers later found the suspect driving in the area and pulled over his vehicle. While questioning the suspect, police ran a check on him and learned that he had an outstanding arrest warrant.
A subsequent search of the suspect allegedly turned up numerous illicit narcotics, including eight baggies of cocaine. Police officers also reportedly discovered three hydrocodone pills on the suspect.
The suspect, a 36-year-old male from Totowa, NJ, has been charged with multiple drug crimes, including possession of cocaine and possession of hydrocodone.
Since Mendham Borough NJ police did not actually see the suspect selling cocaine or prescription drugs, he was not charged with distribution of cocaine. However, the suspect could still be subject to severe criminal penalties. That’s because N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(1) stipulates that anyone in possession of even a trace amount of cocaine can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree cocaine possession charges could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Totowa Man Faces Cocaine, Hydrocodone Charges after Arrest in Mendham.”