As reported by the Edison Patch, guns and drugs were found in a home in Metuchen at the end of January. The Middlesex County Prosecutor confirmed in a statement that the police seized multiple firearms and pounds of drugs from the home. A twenty-six-year-old in the home on New Street was arrested on multiple criminal charges.
The Metuchen Police Department seized three guns, including an AR-15 rifle, during the raid. In addition, more than 14 pounds of marijuana were seized along with packaging equipment and an unnamed quantity of psychedelic mushrooms.
The man arrested is charged with possession of firearms, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of psychedelic mushrooms and marijuana. In addition, he is charged with possession with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute within 500 feet of a senior facility (Metuchen Senior Center). While waiting for a detention hearing, the alleged offender was held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center.
What Should I Do If I Am Arrested on Drug or Firearm Charges?
New Jersey prosecutors aggressively pursue maximum penalties for convictions of firearm charges and drug offenses. If convicted of a drug crime in New Jersey, you could face years in prison, high fines, years of probation, and other penalties. However, an arrest is not a conviction. Even if you are arrested, you have the right to consult a criminal defense attorney. You also have the right to a fair and impartial trial. The state must prove all elements required by law to obtain a criminal conviction.
Therefore, the three most important things you can do if the police question you or you are arrested for a crime are:
- First: Try to remain calm. Dealing with law enforcement officers is unnerving for any person. It is easy to panic, but you need to stay calm. When you panic, you make mistakes that can result in your conviction. Do not make matters worse by yelling, cursing, harming a police officer, or resisting arrest.
- Second: Remain silent. You have the constitutional right to remain silent. Therefore, remain silent! You must answer questions such as your name and address, but you are not required to answer other questions without an attorney present. A police officer might try to convince you that you will receive a break if you cooperate or that you appear guilty if you ask for an attorney. Do not fall for this tactic! Exercise your right to remain silent until you see your attorney.
- Third: Call our office as soon as possible. You do not want to answer questions from the police or a prosecutor without a criminal attorney by your side. Furthermore, you want an experienced lawyer beside you when you face a judge at a hearing in the Metuchen Municipal Court or the Middlesex County Courthouse.
Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Help
Our criminal defense lawyers in Woodbridge represents clients in Metuchen and throughout Middlesex County.
Drug charges are very serious matters. You face severe penalties for convictions for drug and firearm offenses.
If you have been charged with a crime in Middlesex County, contact Aiello, Harris, Marth, Tunnero & Schiffman, P.C by calling (908) 561-5577 for a free consultation with a Woodbridge criminal defense lawyer. You may also contact our office by using the contact form on our website.
Source: “14 Lbs Of Pot, Multiple Guns Found In Metuchen Home: Prosecutor.” Katie Kausch. Edison patch. 21 January 2018.