NY Man Accused of Bringing Heroin, Cocaine to Fort Lee Municipal Court
The 32-year-old suspect, who is from the Bronx in New York, reportedly had difficulty staying awake while he sat in the Fort Lee NJ courthouse. According to a police spokesman, court staff noticed the suspect falling asleep.
A Port Authority police officer took a closer look at the suspect and said that he had bloodshot eyes and white powder around his nose. Moreover, the suspect reportedly struggled to sit up straight.
After observing the suspect’s demeanor, police officers placed the suspect under arrest for contempt.
While arresting the suspect, police found a $20 bill and a straw in his pants pocket. The straw allegedly had cocaine residue on it. As a result, the suspect was also charged with cocaine possession.
Additionally, the suspect was charged with heroin possession. That’s because police also allegedly discovered the suspect in possession of four glassine bags of heroin. The bags were reportedly hidden in a cigarette box.
According to authorities, the suspect later admitted to using cocaine the night before showing up to court.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted on the drug charges, he faces significant penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, possession of even a trace of cocaine can be classified as a third degree felony. A conviction on third degree cocaine possession charges could lead to a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
For more information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Man Facing Drug Charge Brings Heroin to Court, Falls Asleep, Police Say.”