According to police director, Jerry Speziale, Paterson Police arrested two people during a raid at 356 Hamilton Avenue on Wednesday. According to police, 156 glassine bags of heroin were seized along with 1 knotted bag of heroin and 1 bag of crack cocaine. During the raid, police also seized a Jimenez Arms handgun Model J.A. Nine 9mm and eight hollow point bullets. 22 year-old Matthew Clancy of Paterson and 44 year-old Samantha Humienny of Wellington, Florida were arrested. Clancy was subsequently charged with 11 drugs and weapons offenses. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
Heroin is a Schedule I narcotic. Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, possession of a Schedule I narcotic is considered a Third degree crime which is punishable by a term of incarceration between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. A fine of up to $35,000.00 may be imposed.
N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5 sets forth: a. Except as authorized by P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-1), it shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or purposely: (1) To manufacture, distribute or dispense, or to possess or have under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog; or (2) To create, distribute, or possess or have under his control with intent to distribute, a counterfeit controlled dangerous substance. A crime of the Third Degree a crime of the Third Degreeis punishable by a term of incarceration between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prisonexcept that a fine of up to $75,000.00 may be imposed.
Additionally, in New Jersey, if you are arrested with drugs and guns, your case may fall under the Guns and Drugs Law, (N.J.S.A. 2C:39-4.1) which sets forth: a. Any person who has in his possession any firearm while in the course of committing, attempting to commit, or conspiring to commit a violation of N.J.S.2C:35-3, N.J.S.2C:35-4, N.J.S.2C:35-5, section 3 or section 5 of P.L.1997, C. 194 (C.2C:35-5.2 or 2C:35-5.3), N.J.S.2C:35-6, section 1 of P.L.1987, c.101 (C.2C:35-7), section 1 of P.L.1997, c.327 (C.2C:35-7.1), N.J.S.2C:35-11, or N.J.S.2C:16-1 is guilty of a crime of the second degree which is punishable by a term of incarceration between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
If you or a loved one is charged with possession of heroin, distribution of heroin, or possession of a weapon, you should contact an attorney immediately. The penalties for these crimes are severe and you risk prison time. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at successfully representing individuals charged with drug and weapons offenses throughout the state of New Jersey. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.