Police took three men into custody after intercepting an alleged shipment of cocaine worth more than half a million dollars in New Jersey. The men were facing money laundering and drug charges after authorities stopped two of the men in an RV shortly after it was picked up from the third man. The two men in the RV were taken into custody and the third was taken in by police from a hotel room in Secaucus.
The acting attorney general for New Jersey stated that police had seized $23,000 in cash and 21 kilograms of cocaine worth $600,000 from the RV after the stop. The three men were all charged with first-degree counts of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, second-degree counts of conspiracy and third-degree counts of possession of cocaine and money laundering. The men were a 45-year-old and a 41-year-old, both from Texas, and a 62-year-old from Georgia.
It was reported that troopers seized $16,710 in cash from the Secaucus hotel room. The first-degree counts carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years behind bars as well as a fine of as much as $500,000. The second-degree charges could bring five to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of $150,000. Each of the third-degree charges could result in three to five years imprisonment. The third-degree drug charge could bring a fine of $35,000, and the money laundering charge could net a fine of up to $500,000.
As potentially in this case, drug charges can result in decades behind bars and large fines. A Morristown lawyer may help clients after accusations of drug crimes by arranging a plea bargain with the court.