Twenty individuals in New Jersey were recently indicted for reportedly playing a part in two drug rings in the state. These 20 individuals are among a total of 31 individuals who were arrested back in September. A strong criminal defense will likely be needed to combat these serious charges.
A total of 16 of the 20 recently indicted individuals are accused of conspiring to distribute as well as possess several kilograms of the drug cocaine. In addition, 15 of them are accused of conspiring to distribute as well as possess nearly 300 grams of crack cocaine. Charges have yet to be filed against the 11 other people arrested in September.
One of the 20 people indicted also faces gun charges along with drug charges. Authorities reported that they discovered that he had 12 firearms. They reportedly seized these firearms along with cash totaling almost $9,000. In addition, police said they confiscated a couple of high-end watches from him. The arrests and indictments were the result of an investigation conducted by multiple parties, such as county police and the FBI.
Facing drug or weapons charges in New Jersey can no doubt be frightening. However, before any criminal conviction can be secured, prosecutors must be able to prove each element of a defendant’s charges beyond a reasonable doubt — a difficult feat to accomplish. A criminal defense attorney will closely examine and look for holes in the evidence that prosecutors plan to present at trial to support the charges. The attorney’s main aim is to achieve the most personally favorable outcome for the defendant in light of the circumstances surrounding the criminal case.