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Drug charges: Cannabis from New Jersey found bound for NYC

The van was green and so, apparently, was the stuff inside. Police from the Port Authority recently stopped a green van in New Jersey that was heading toward New York City via the Holland Tunnel. The van was stopped after a toll collector at the tunnel toll booth noticed a strong marijuana smell emanating from the vehicle. The driver is now facing drug charges.

The 41-year-old Brooklyn resident and driver of the van -- which was carrying two passengers -- apparently told Port Authority cops he had been smoking pot. Cops arrested him and seized $106,000 in cash from the van, which was uninsured and unregistered. A police dog used to detect drugs was used in the incident, and the dog allegedly indicated the cash had been in contact with drugs. 

The driver of the van was charged with possession of marijuana, second-degree money laundering, DWI and driving a vehicle with no registration or insurance. A 35-year-old male passenger was charged with possession of marijuana, while a 39-year-old male passenger was charged with money laundering. Both passengers are Brooklyn residents.

Those facing drug charges in New Jersey would do well to enlist the aid of an attorney with criminal defense experience. In this case, an attorney will make sure that police had probable cause to search the van and did not violate the rights of the accused. An attorney will work to uncover any possible violation of his or her client's rights during the arrest and try to find weaknesses in the prosecution's case to his or her client's benefit.

Source: nypost.com, "Loads of cash, weed found in van bound for NYC", Larry Celona and Natalie Musumeci, Jan. 5, 2018

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