A 31-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman arrived at East Orange General Hospital to be treated for gunshot wounds. The pair claimed that they were from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and had traveled more than 100 miles by automobile in order to avoid police investigation.
The man said that he had removed a handgun from his waistband. The firearm accidentally discharged, hitting him in the leg and the woman in the foot. Both of them required surgery for their injuries.
According to the man, he purchased the weapon from an unidentified person at a bar. He claimed to not know the location of the gun, and he refused to allow law enforcement to search his apartment.
The police obtained a warrant and proceeded to search the apartment. They discovered marijuana and an unidentified crystalline substance in the refrigerator. The man was arraigned with a felony drug trafficking charge, and bail was set at $20,000.
The man’s apartment was shut down after the shooting. City officials used the authority granted by the city’s ‘one-strike” rule, which allows rental units to be closed for up to six months if a landlord or tenant has knowledge of drug or firearm activity on the property or if a tenant is arrested or convicted for those offenses.
The apartment complex where the gunshot allegedly occurred has seen its share of criminal activity, drawing the attention of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In September 2013, an investigation discovered ‘security issues” caused by neglect by management.
Felony drug charges are serious affairs, and they can lead to time in prison for the accused. In order to safeguard their rights and ensure a fair trial, many people facing such charges opt to enlist the aid of a qualified criminal lawyer. Sometimes, a lawyer can negotiate with prosecutors to have charges reduced or dropped entirely.