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Wide-Scale Fentanyl Prosecutions Continue in New Jersey

Fentanyl is a prescription synthetic opioid that, unfortunately, is also distributed illegally throughout the United States. In response, law enforcement has become aggressive in working to shut down illicit fentanyl supply and distribution chains and to prosecute violators. Zealous efforts like these tend to cast wide nets that can subject anyone in possession of fentanyl to heavy criminal charges, even if they are merely personal users or at the periphery of the problem.

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has greatly stepped up its efforts in cooperation with state and local police agencies, seizing hundreds of millions of doses of the drug in 2022 alone. Operation Florida Keys, which was a combined operation of the DEA, New Jersey State Police and county and city law enforcement agencies, resulted in the arrest of 16 suspects in Atlantic City and the seizure of tens of thousands of doses of fentanyl and other illicit drugs.

A few of those arrested in the sweep were charged with leading alleged narcotics trafficking operations and/or with conspiracy to distribute illegal drugs, but many of them were accused of only possession with intent to distribute and lesser charges. The jury may infer intent to distribute based solely on the amount of fentanyl found in a suspect’s possession.

Heavy punishments may be imposed on you if you are convicted of possession of any amount of fentanyl. The penalties can include three to five years in prison, as much as $35,000 in fines, or both. Even if you are granted probation, it will last years and you will have to pass repeated drug tests to comply with the probation terms.

If you are charged with possession of fentanyl or with distribution of the drug, you need an experienced, skilled and aggressive fentanyl crimes defense attorney to represent you in court and protect your rights. Your attorney can seek to have the court throw out evidence of an illegal search, which can result in a dismissal of charges. If the case goes to trial, your lawyer can cross-examine the prosecution’s witnesses and present evidence that contradicts the state’s case or presents a defense. An alternative option, especially if the prosecutor’s case against you is strong, is to plea bargain to a lesser charge.

The Law Office of David Jay Glassman, with offices in Marlton, New Brunswick, Hackensack and Newark, provides aggressive and skillful defense to people charged with drug offenses throughout New Jersey. Call us at 866-221-1270 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.