According to authorities, an alleged Haledon drug dealer was arrest in Paterson on Sunday. Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik reported that 33 year-old Marquise Maxey was driving a white Jeep Grand Cherokee on Haledon Avenue and River Street around 10:25pm when he was pulled over for having a headlight out. Once Maxey was pulled over, he allegedly exited the vehicle. Police ordered him back in the vehicle at which time he began running towards Fulton Street while throwing items from his pockets.
He allegedly threw two bags over the fence of 85 Fulton Street. He was thereafter arrested on Fulton and Summer Streets. Maxey allegedly had 3 bundles of heroin stamped “Wildcats” and $168 in cash in his pocket. Officers also recovered 10 glassine envelopes of heroin stamped “Instagram,” 9 small zip lock baggies of crack and 3 envelopes of heroin. A police dog was able to recover a plastic bag at 85 Fulton street which contained 24 grams of marijuana in 5 baggies stamped “Moneybag Runtz,” 34 Ecstasy pills, 14 oxycodone pills and another bundle of the heroin stamped “Wildcats.” Maxey was charged with 15 drug offenses along with motor vehicle offenses. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
The state of New Jersey handles possession of heroin cases very seriously and penalties can be severe. N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 sets forth:
a. It is unlawful for any person, knowingly or purposely, to obtain or to possess, actually or constructively, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog, unless the substance was obtained directly, or pursuant to a valid prescription or order form from a practitioner, while acting in the course of his professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by P.L.1970, c.226 (C.24:21-1). Any person who violates this section of the criminal code with respect to:
(1) A controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule I, II, II, or IV other than those specifically covered in this section, is guilty of a crime of the Third Degree (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;
(2) Any controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, classified in Schedule V, is guilty of a crime of the Fourth Degree (punishable by a term of incarceration up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison). A fine of up to $15,000.00 may be imposed.
b. Any person who uses or who is under the influence of any controlled dangerous substance, or its analog, for a purpose other than the treatment of sickness or injury as lawfully prescribed or administered by a physician is a disorderly person (punishable by a term of incarceration up to 6 months in the county jail).
c. Any person who knowingly obtains or possesses a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog in violation of subsection a. of this section and who fails to voluntarily deliver the substance to the nearest law enforcement officer is guilty of a disorderly persons offense (punishable by a term of incarceration up to 6 months in the county jail). Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to preclude a prosecution or conviction for any other offense defined in this title or any other statute.
If you or a loved one is charged with possession of heroin, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately especially given the potential jail sentence. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with possession of heroin in towns like Wayne, Paterson, and Clifton. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court and that you get the best possible outcome for your case. Contact her office for a free consultation. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.