Teenage siblings from Basking Ridge were indicted by a Somerset County Grand Jury last week on drug-related charges after they allegedly doing multiple drug sales to an undercover detective between May and June.
The brother and sister who are respectively 20 years old and 18 years of age were charged with distribution and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled dangerous substance for selling an undercover detective some Molly, also known as MDMA or ecstasy on May 17, according to reports from the Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey D. Soriano. The same undercover detective purchased marijuana from defendant at the same location on June 4 and June 17 of this year. Both defendants were eventually arrested on June 25, 2013 after execution of a search warrant of their house resulted in detectives seizing about 4 ounces of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia — including a grinder, digital scale and packaging material.
As a criminal defense attorney, I have noticed a steady increase in Molly related crimes and charges in New Jersey during the last few years. The popular drug is a relatively new derivative of classic party drug ecstasy. However, just like ecstasy, it can lead to serious criminal charges and consequences. Under New Jersey statute 2C:35-10 it is a third degree indictable offense to just simply possess Molly or ecstasy. A third degree felony is punishable by up to 3 – 5 years in state prison and the case will be handled in the Superior Court. To learn more about these charges contact our office at (732) 494-7900 to speak with an experienced criminal lawyer who can answer your questions.