Teenager Charged with Marijuana and Paraphernalia Possession in Middletown
An 18-year-old resident of Leonardo, New Jersey, was arrested by Middletown NJ police. Henton is now facing charges for possession of marijuana, allegedly in an amount not exceeding 50 grams. Additional charges have been filed for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(4), Henton could facing serious potential penalties for possession of marijuana, which is a disorderly persons offense carrying penalties of up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, because the amount of marijuana alleged to have been in her possession was relatively small, she will be able to avoid the even steeper penalties imposed under N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10a(3) for possession of more than 50 grams of the substance.
Under N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, Henton will also be fighting a legal battle against additional potential penalties for possession of drug paraphernalia. This statute prohibits possession of items intended to be used to ingest or store a controlled dangerous substance. This statute is written broadly, and therefore covers a wide variety of objects that could be considered drug paraphernalia, such as plastic baggies, roach clips, rolling papers, glass pipes, grinders, and more. Possession of many different types of items could potentially be intended for use ingesting or storing marijuana, cocaine, heroin, prescription drugs, hallucinogens, and other substances can result in criminal charges under this statute. Therefore, although it is unclear from reports what exactly Henton is accused of possession, fighting this charge could be difficult. Possession paraphernalia is classified under New Jersey law as a disorderly persons offense. These charges also carry harsh potential penalties, similar to those for possession of marijuana. Therefore, as a result of the paraphernalia charges, Henton will be up against potential consequences including up to 6 months of jail time and fines of up to $1,000, as well as a potential driver’s license suspension of 6 months to 2 years.