Following his arrest by detectives from the Essex County Sheriff’s Department, a Newark man is now facing an assortment of drug-related charges.
According to Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura, 25-year-old Newark resident Anthony Taylor was apprehended on the 100 block of South 10th Street in the North Ward of Newark on Tuesday, January 28th after detectives from the Sheriff’s Department suspected him of selling drugs.
Upon searching the Popeye’s chicken bag from which Anthony appeared to be distributing, detectives retrieved a variety of controlled dangerous substances, including: 80 glassine envelopes of heroin labeled “MAX-B,” 68 bags and vials containing crack cocaine in addition to another bag containing 10.8 grams of crack cocaine, and 39 bags of marijuana. Officials assessed the total street value of the drugs to be approximately $3,000.
In addition to potential charges for Manufacturing, Distributing, or Dispensing Heroin,Manufacturing, Distributing, or Dispensing Cocaine, and Manufacturing, Distributing, or Dispensing Marijuana, Taylor could also be facing charges for Distributing, Dispensing or Possessing with Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance Near or on School Property, as he was arrested within 1,000 feet of Newark’s Martin Luther King School.
Under the New Jersey Criminal Code, offenses involving the manufacture, distribution, or dispensation of controlled dangerous substances (CDS) can be classified as first, second, third, or fourth degree crimes, depending on the amount of the substance involved in each particular case. With this in mind, Taylor could be facing charges of varying degrees for each substance found in his possession at the time of his arrest.
Further, violations of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-7, the statute that addresses offenses related to distribution and possession with intent to distribute CDS in a school zone, are subject to sentencing under the “Brimage Guidelines”. These specific sentencing requirements eliminate the defense attorney’s opportunity to argue for a downward departure at the time of sentencing, which, in turn, eliminates the judge’s ability to impose lower a sentence if the defendant is convicted.
Taylor is currently being held at the Essex County jail, with his bail set at $35,000.
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