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17 arrested in New Jersey drug raid

A New Jersey drug raid on Feb. 21 led to 17 people being arrested on serious drug offenses. During the sweep in Seaside Heights, police seized stashes of heroin, cocaine, prescription medication and cannabis. This drug raid was the culmination of an investigation executed in tandem with the DEA.

Between them, the 17 arrested defendants were charged with dozens of felony charges. While most of these charges were drug-related, one defendant allegedly violated a New Jersey ban on owning a police scanner while engaging in criminal activity. The agencies involved in the arrests included the DEA's Atlantic City Resident Office, the NJSP Special Investigations Unit, the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Strike Force, Ocean County Regional SWAT teams, the Ocean County Sheriff's Department and the Ocean County Sheriff's Department K9 units.

Interestingly, 12 of the arrested defendants were released from jail within three days of arrest. Under New Jersey's bail reform rules, enacted in 2014, far more arrested citizens are eligible for release to await trial in their own homes. This type of reform seems destined to eventually become commonplace throughout the nation. However, some tough-minded lawmakers and prosecutors are not keen to prioritize defendants' rights.

For a defendant in New Jersey, hiring a drug charges defense lawyer could prove essential for maintaining hope and personal equilibrium. Potentially, a skilled attorney could help the defendant identify inconsistencies in the state's evidence. The defendant should be able to rely on their attorney for sound, helpful legal advice. With a trustworthy legal representative, any defendant can gain a more realistic understanding of their legal risks and advantages.

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