In a recent undercover operation spanning only one day, authorities have arrested a whopping 41 New Jersey residents on charges of Attempted Heroin Possession. Although the operation was conducted in Camden City, most of those arrested are actually residents of surrounding areas. Of the arrests made, only 4 were residents of Camden City, with another 22 residing elsewhere in Camden County.
Camden NJ Attempted Possession of Heroin
New Jersey law dictates that any attempt to commit a crime, under N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1, is subject to the same penalties imposed by law for having actually committed the crime that was attempted. Therefore, all of the New Jersey residents arrested as a result of this police operation will be facing charges for attempted possession of heroin under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, the statute which prohibits possession of heroin. A third-degree crime, this offense carries significant potential penalties including a possible jail sentence of up to 5 years, as well as fines of up to $35,000, and a mandatory 6 month loss of driving privileges. These penalties apply regardless of the amount of heroin at issue, but the penalties could potentially become even more harsh for any offender accused of attempting to purchase more than one half ounce of heroin, or for any offender facing allegations that they intended to distribute the amount of heroin they were attempting to buy, which could potentially be alleged if the authorities and prosecutor believe this additional allegation is warranted by the facts of a particular case. For any offender facing allegations of attempting to buy more than one half ounce, the criminal charges could be escalated to a second-degree offense, ramping up the penalties to a potential 5-10 years of jail time, and for any offender who allegedly attempted to buy five ounces or more of the drug, the charges would become a first-degree crime, carrying potential penalties of 10-20 years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.
If you or a loved one have been arrested on drug related charges, such as possession of a controlled substance, attempted possession of a controlled substance, or intent to distribute a controlled substance, contact our office today for a free consultation.