Malcolm Seabron, 39, a Pennsauken resident, was arrested recently along with 40 other residents of various New Jersey towns after he allegedly tried to buy heroin during a recent Camden undercover police operation. The law enforcement operation, only one day long, has left an astonishing number residents of the New Jersey suburbs facing criminal charges.
Camden County NJ Heroin Laws
New Jersey law dictates under N.J.S.A. 2C:5-1 that an attempt to commit any crime is treated the same as commission of the actual crime. Therefore Seabron, along with the numerous other alleged offenders facing charges after this police operation, is now up against criminal charges for attempted possession of heroin. New Jersey law, under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, prohibits possession of a wide variety of controlled substances, including heroin. A third-degree crime, charges for possessing heroin can subject alleged offenders to some very serious penalties, which include jail time of up to 5 years, fines of up to $35,000, and a 6 month driver’s license suspension. Even for possession (or attempted possession) of only a small amount of heroin, the law’s harsh penalties still apply, with some of the consequences deemed mandatory so that they cannot be waived by a judge. Additionally, depending on the specific facts of Seabron’s case, penalties could become exponentially more harsh if any allegations are made that he aimed to purchase more than one half ounce of heroin, or if the prosecutor sees any reason in the facts of the case to argue that Seabron intended to distribute the heroin he is accused of attempting to buy. Furthermore, if the amount of heroin allegedly sought by Seabron exceeded one half ounce, the charges would escalate to become a second-degree offense, and the penalties would increase to up to 5-10 years of potential jail time. If an attempt to buy five ounces or more is at issue, the offense would be further escalated to a first-degree crime, carrying potential penalties of 10-20 years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.
If you or a loved one are facing drug related charges, such as possession of a controlled substance, attempted possession of a controlled substance, or intent to distribute a controlled substance, contact our office today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you minimize the effect of the potentially harsh consequences on your life.