The undercover work of a detective working with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office has led to various drug charges being filed against a Freehold individual. On or about Feb. 27, the person allegedly tried to sell fentanyl, a controlled substance, to the detective. The area resident was charged with third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance and third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. The interaction with the undercover detective also led to an additional charge of third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
Then, on or about March 20, the area resident allegedly tried to sell oxycodone to an undercover detective. Additional criminal charges arose from this second incident, including third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance, third-degree possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, and third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance.
The Freehold resident now faces six criminal counts arising from the alleged attempts to sell controlled substances to detectives working undercover in February and March of 2013. The Monmouth County Grand Jury handed down the six-count indictment.
In drug cases such as this one, a criminal defense attorney may review the circumstances under which the alleged attempted sales of drugs to undercover detectives may have occurred. Undercover law enforcement personnel must abide by certain laws in such situations. This case illustrates how quickly the number of drug charges can multiply in such a case. An attorney for the defendant may seek to have certain charges either dropped or reduced. If the defendant’s past record is somewhat favorable, a plea negotiation may be entered into to resolve the matter.