Cocaine Possession With Intent To Distribute, N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5

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On August 23, 2012, Monroe Township police charged Joseph Pinizzotto, Jr., and Amber Currywith with various crimes, according to Among the charges is possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, according to

Law enforcement officials seized the alleged crack cocaine during the execution of a search warrant at a residence near the 900 block of North Beecham Road in Monroe's Williamstown section, according to news reports.

Press reports indicate authorities lodged Pinizzotto in the Gloucester County Jail on $150,000.00 bail, and released Curry when she posted $2,500.00 bail.

New Jersey law prohibits controlled dangerous substance (CDS) possession with intent to distribute, defined as any person who knowingly or purposely:
  1. manufactures, distributes, or dispenses, or possesses or has under his control with intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense, CDS or CDS analog, or
  2. creates, distributes, or possesses or has under his control with intent to distribute counterfeit CDS.
The degree of crime and penalties for cocaine possession with intent to distribute, based on N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5, depend on the amount of cocaine, including any adulterants or dilutants.

    • Quantity: Five ounces or more
    • State Prison: Between ten years and twenty years
    • Mandatory minimum: One-half to one-third of sentence
    • Fines: Between $200,000.00 and $500,000.00
    • DEDR Penalty*: $3,000.00

    • Quantity: One-half ounce but less than five ounces
    • State Prison: Between five years and ten years
    • Fines: Up to $150,000.00
    • DEDR Penalty*: $2,000.00

    • Quantity: less than one-half ounce
    • State Prison: Between three years and five years
    • Fines: Between $15,000.00 and $75,000.00
    • DEDR Penalty*: $1,000.00

    • Drug Court for qualified applicants
    • Victims of Crime Compensation Assessment (VCCA): $50
    • Law Enforcement Officer Training & Equipment Fund: $30
    • Safe Neighborhood Services Fund Assessment: $75
    • Drug Abuse Education Fund: $50
    • Lab Fee: $50
    • Driver's License Suspension: Six months to twenty-four months
    • Court Costs

*DEDR stands for Drug Enforcement Demand Reduction.

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