An investigation into possible animal cruelty in Oakland New Jersey resulted in police making an arrest for illegal drug possession.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a report of animal cruelty being committed at a residence in Oakland, New Jersey. The agency contacted the Oakland Police Department, which sent police officers to the home to investigate.
Oakland NJ officers subsequently searched the residence and allegedly discovered illegal narcotics, including an unspecified amount of heroin. Additionally, Oakland cops who searched the house allegedly found drug paraphernalia.
Police arrested a 32-year-old New Milford man in connection with the drugs. He now faces criminal charges for possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. It is unclear at this time if anything came of the animal cruelty investigation.
If the suspect is convicted on the heroin possession charges, he would be subject to severe penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, a person caught in possession of even a trace quantity of heroin can be charged with a third degree felony. A conviction for third degree heroin possession could result in a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison.
After being placed under arrest and charged, the suspect was remanded to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, NJ.
To learn more about this case, go to the Wyckoff Patch article, “Oakland Animal Cruelty Investigation Leads to Drug Charges.”