Parsippany NJ Police Officers Arrest Men for Heroin Possession
Parsippany Heroin Charges NJ
Arrested, Charged with Possession of Heroin in Parsippany?
Parsippany police officers arrested two (2) men after finding 22 folds of heroin in a parked car.
The officers saw four (4) men standing near the vehicle at Volunteers Park in Parsippany. According to police, three (3) of the men were leaning into the vehicle when the officers approached.
When the officers got closer, the men started to walk away. The officers brought the men back to the car. Shortly thereafter, one of the officers looked into the car and saw 10-bag bundles of heroin.
The officers arrested two (2) of the men: 19-year-old Parsippany resident Bryan Tauro and 19-year-old Boonton resident Randy Fleming. The car with the heroin belonged to Mr. Fleming, and the officers found on Mr. Tauro a rolled-up dollar bill with white powdery residue.
After being arrested, the men were taken to the Parsippany Police Department. Mr. Tauro was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, and Mr. Fleming was charged with possession of heroin.
In New Jersey, the penalties for heroin possession are set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10. Possession of just a small amount of heroin can be classified as a third degree felony. If convicted of third degree heroin possession, Mr. Fleming may face as many as five (5) years in state prison.
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However, many times a possession of a small amount of heroin can be downgraded to a disorderly persons offense (misdemeanor) and sent back to the Municipal Court. Either way, if the defendant has no prior criminal history, he or she will be eligible for a first offender program known as pre-trial intervention (for felony charges) or a conditional discharge (for disorderly persons offenses).
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Men Had 22 Heroin Folds Marked ‘POISON,’ ‘Blue Magic,’ Parsippany Cops Say.“