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New Jersey weigh station stop results in charges of drug crimes

This past summer, a truck driver traveling across country pulled into a weigh station in New Jersey. During the course of the inspection, authorities purportedly discovered what were described as discrepancies in the driver's record book. By the time the inspection was completed, the driver was arrested on allegations of drug crimes.

The trucker, a 59-year-old male, was recently indicted on charges that he was carrying approximately $2.8 million worth of heroin on his truck. The state Attorney General revealed that the street value of the alleged drug was purportedly estimated at $10 million. The authorities who arrested the driver stated that his records indicated inexplicable deviations from his reported route and that several containers in his truck were in poor condition.

During a search of the interior of the vehicle, police allegedly found two tote bags that they claim contained approximately 79 pounds of heroin. The trucker was indicted on two separate charges. The first is possession with the intention to distribute and is a first-class felony offense with a possible sentence of 20 years and a $150,000 penalty. The second count is a possession charge, which is a third-class offense with a potential sentence of 60 months and fines of up to $15,000.

The man, whose bail is listed as $200,000, remains in the custody of New Jersey authorities. It is unclear what led police to conduct an inspection of the driver's log books nor why his load was subject to closer examination. However, he retains the right to the presumption of innocence and he is further guaranteed  the right to obtain the services of legal counsel in order to vigorously challenge the state's allegations with respect to the drug crimes for which he has been indicted. 

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Trucker indicted for allegedly trafficking $2.8M in raw heroin", Steve Novak, Dec. 14, 2016

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