Passaic County Sheriff s Officers pulled over River Edmonds and Adam Torres, on Thursday, and seized nearly $600 worth of heroin. Adam Torres a 19 year old Paterson man was charged with possession of heroin and possession with the intent to distribute. Richard Berdnik, the Sheriff of Passaic County said. Passaic County Sheriff s Office Detectives pulled him over in Passaic Park for a motor vehicle violation. When Detectives found 119 bags of heroin, they asked who they belonged to, and at that point Adam Torres admitted they were his. River Edmonds the passenger in the vehicle was not charged with the heroin but he did have a warrant out for his arrest worth $5,000. Both were taken into custody.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10 which is possession of heroin It is a crime of the 3rd degree. If found guilty a person will be punished by a term of incarceration between 3 to 5 years. In addition a fine of up to $35,000 may be imposed additionally.
Under N.J.S.A.2C:35-5 which is intent to distribute heroin. It involves the act of manufacturing, distributing or dispensing, or having on a person, a controlled dangerous substance or controlled substance analog. It is a graded prison sentence for the amount of heroin involved. A quantity of five ounces or more including any adulterants or dilutants is guilty of a crime of the First Degree (punishable by a term of incarceration between 10 and 20 years in New Jersey State Prison. A fine reaching up to $500,000 can also be imposed on the defendant. A quantity of one-half ounce or more but less than five ounces is a crime of the 2nd degree and is punishable by a sentence in New Jersey State Prison for a period between 5 to 10 years. A quantity of less than one-half ounce and a person will be found guilty of a crime of the 3rd degree. They will also face 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison. A fine of $75,000 may be imposed instead.
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