According to authorities, a Paterson man has been arrested for allegedly distributing heroin and cocaine. Police allege that 19 year-old Diarre Chitty distributed approximately 450 glassine envelopes of heroin and 20 grams of cocaine on different occasions in Elmwood Park, which was determined during an investigation. Chitty was ultimately arrested when he attempted to sell to an undercover Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office detective. After appearing at CJP Court on Saturday, Chitty was released with conditions. Click here to read more at www.patersontimes.com.
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.
Anyone who violates this subsection with respect to heroin or cocaine and is found guilty of a crime of the First Degree faces a term of incarceration between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. The defendant shall, except as provided in N.J.S.2C:35-12 (Waiver of Mandatory Minimum and Extended Terms), be sentenced to a term of imprisonment by the court. The term of imprisonment shall include the imposition of a minimum term which shall be fixed at, or between, one-third and one-half of the sentence imposed, during which the defendant shall be ineligible for parole. A fine of up to $500,000.00 may be imposed;
Second Degree is punishable by a term of incarceration between 5 and 10 years in New Jersey State Prison;
Third Degree is punishable by a term of incarceration between 3 and 5 years in New Jersey State Prison except that a fine of up to $75,000.00 may be imposed.
If you find yourself in the situation that you are charged with manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing heroin, you should contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately. The state of New Jersey takes these cases seriously and the consequences can be severe. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at representing thousands of individuals charged with manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing heroin. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.