DEA Announces that Crystal Meth Abuse is on the Rise in NJ

Facing Crystal Meth Charges in Monmouth County?

Crystal Meth, which is a stimulant that creates extreme alertness and a unique euphoria has been popping up more and more in New Jersey over the last few years. The Asbury Park Press has reported that local DEA agents have announced that meth seizures have seen more than a 58 fold increase. To further put that into prospective, Drug Enforcement Administration’s Northeast Regional Labs has reported that they tested more than 257 kilograms of meth seized out of New Jersey in 2017 as compared to the 4.4 kilograms they tested in 2015. It is believed that the increase of crystal meth in New Jersey is directly related to the Sinaloa Cartel and their ability to set their roots within the State. The DEA has indicated that the purity of crystal meth seized in New Jersey has reached as high as 99% which they believe is directly related to the super labs of the Sinaloa Cartel as opposed to local meth-labs in the United States.

Need a Lawyer for Meth Charge in Freehold

It has been reported that crystal meth is often used to counter some of the serious side-affects that heroin can produce. With the serious heroin epidemic that has been sweeping throughout New Jersey for the last decade plus, it certainly now helps explain the sudden drastic increase in crystal meth abuse. As one would imagine, law enforcement throughout the State has been on heightened alert for this high powered, highly addictive controlled dangerous substance. If you have been arrested and charged with the possession and/or distribution of crystal meth in Monmouth County, in towns like Holmdel, Asbury Park, HowellEatontown, Long Branch, Wall Township, Atlantic Highlands, Freehold, Middletown or elsewhere, we strongly urge that you speak to an attorney about your options. At Keith Oliver Criminal Law, we fully comprehend what a felony drug conviction, let alone a lengthy prison sentence can do to someone’s life. If you would like to set up a free initial consultation today about your options, please feel free to contact our Middletown or Freehold office. We can be reached at 732.858.6959 or you can try contacting us online.

What is the Sentence for Crystal Meth in New Jersey?

Possession of crystal meth is considered a third degree indictable offense. Since it is an indictable offense the charges must be transferred to the county courthouse for disposition. For example, if an individual gets arrested for possessing crystal meth in Asbury Park their charges must be transferred to the Monmouth County Superior Court, which is located in Freehold for disposition as opposed to being litigated in the Asbury Park Municipal Court. Anyone convicted of possessing crystal meth will be facing anywhere from three to five years in a State Prison, a fine up to $35,000, court mandated treatment, community service and up to a two year loss of license. For more information on crystal meth charges in New Jersey please click the link.

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For more information on the sudden increase of crystal meth in New Jersey, please checkout the Asbury Park Press article labeled Meth skyrockets in NJ: DEA.

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