Paterson man Arrested with Heroin & Marijuana

According to Passaic County Sheriff, Richard Berdnik, a Paterson man was arrested on Thursday for multiple drug charges. Authorities allege that 21 year-old Justgod Wade was sitting in front of a closed apartment door located at 228 Park Avenue at almost 2:00am. Officers conducted a field inquiry and allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from Wade’s person. A search was then facilitated and turned up 18 green plastic vials of marijuana and 27 glassine envelopes of heroin. Wade also had on him $298 which was confiscated. He was processed at the Passaic County Jail and released pending a new court date. Click here to read more at

The state of New Jersey handles Possession of Heroin charges 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). 

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;

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;

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).

If you or someone you know is charged with possession of heroin, you should contact a criminal defense attorney immediately, especially given the potential prison sentence associated with a conviction. Former Morris County Prosecutor, Alissa D. Hascup is skilled and experienced at defending countless individuals charged with the entire range of drug offenses throughout the state of New Jersey. She is committed to ensuring your rights are protected in court. Contact her office for a free consultation about your case. She is available 24/7 at 862-257-1200.