The state defines one as a Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Network in 2C:35-3:
“A person is a leader of a narcotics trafficking network if he conspires with two or more other persons in a scheme or course of conduct to unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, bring into or transport in this State methamphetamine, lysergic acid diethylamide, phencyclidine, gamma hydroxybutyrate, flunitrazepam or any controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule I or II, or any controlled substance analog thereof as a financier, or as an organizer, supervisor or manager of at least one other person.”
If a person is charged with this offense, it is extremely important to have an attorney who knows the ins and outs of New Jersey narcotic trafficking laws.
Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Penalties
A conviction for this offense results in the individual being found guilty of a crime in the first degree. According to 2C:35-3, a person convicted after trial shall be sentenced to life in prison with no opportunity for parole for at least 25 years.
Defense against Leader of Narcotics Trafficking Charges
In these cases, information acquired using wiretap devices will more than likely be used as evidence. When a New Jersey law enforcement agency uses wiretaps in their investigation, they must follow state mandated guidelines. If the prosecution has evidence that was obtained illegally, the defense can make a motion to suppress the evidence. It takes an attorney with significant wiretap experience to recognize the telltale signs of illegal wiretapping in order to prepare a strong defense. Fred Sisto is an expert in the use of wiretap evidence. He has written articles discussing NJ wiretap issues and it’s use in “Operation Dead End”. If you are involved in this sort of case, only an expert can provide you with the best defense possible.
Contact the Law Office of Fred Sisto, today. Call (732) 898-3232 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.