Airports and sea ports all across America are hotspots for drug crimes. These crimes can range from possession to importing, trafficking and distribution for sale of all types of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin and other prescription drugs. If you are caught with drugs at an airport you will be arrested and detained on the spot and will be facing serious fines, jail time and a criminal record.
Each year the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has the enormous task of searching millions of passengers and pieces of luggage for illegal drugs. TSA agents are trained and are equipped with the latest technologies, such as full body scanners, in searching people and finding illegal drugs. With all these measures in place, drug couriers (drug mules) still take the risk of transporting drugs through airports
Is Law Enforcement Cracking Down On Drugs Transported Through Newark Liberty International Airport?
New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and the Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal have been a gateway for the drug trade. Since Newark is located in close proximity to major cities like Philadelphia and New York drug dealers strategically use Newark Liberty International Airport to smuggle drugs for sale on the streets. Drug charges at an airport can result in serious consequences both at the state and federal level.
Preventing the distribution of drugs within the United States and capturing dealers have become a major objective for Federal law enforcement agencies. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Border Protection, the Port Authority Police Department of New Jersey, Homeland Security and the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency all work together in tracking down dealers and couriers that use Newark Airport as a hub for drug trafficking.
What Are Some Common Drug Offenses at Newark International Airport?
Federal and local prosecutors are very tough on drug offenses especially when you are caught in an airport. Even if this is your first time being convicted of a drug related crime you can face serious jail time. Remember that you are innocent until proven guilty and that the prosecutor must prove every element of the crime that you are being charged with. Here is a list of common drug offenses enforced at Newark Liberty International Airport:
- Possession of marijuana
- Possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell
- Felony possession of illegal narcotics
- Possession of prescription medications without a prescription
Also when large amounts of drugs are involved you can face federal charges. Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, 21 United States Code (USC) Section 952 states “It shall be unlawful to import into the customs territory of the United States from any place outside thereof (but within the United States), or to import into the United States from any place outside thereof, any controlled substance”. Section 952 goes onto outline all the types of drugs that will be deemed illegal to import.
Section 841 of the Controlled Substances Act also makes it unlawful to “knowingly or intentionally – (1) … manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, a controlled substance; or (2) …create, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to distribute or dispense, a counterfeit substance.”
Who Can I Call For Help?
If you or someone you love has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling drugs through Newark Liberty International airport, you will need to have an experienced attorney on your side. Please call Rosenblum Law today and let us help you. Our team of criminal defense attorneys will do what they can in order to protect your legal rights and fight to keep you out of prison. E-mail or call 888-815-3649 today.
Adam H. Rosenblum is a criminal defense attorney who handles numerous cases throughout New Jersey and New York.