New York Jets Running Back Arrested in Denville, Charged with Possession of Marijuana, Firearm
By Travis Tormey posted in Drug Charges on Friday, May 17, 2013
Netcong police officials say that Mr. Goodson and his companion, Garant Evans, were found intoxicated in an SUV that had mysteriously stopped in the center lane of Route 80 in Denville.
When Mr. Goodson was taken by ambulance to the hospital, Netcong police officers discovered a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Later, officers located a loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun in the men’s vehicle.
After release from the hospital, Mr. Goodson was taken into custody and charged with marijuana possession (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, and illegal possession of a handgun.
The criminal charge for marijuana possession in New Jersey is set forth in N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10, which prohibits a person from having a controlled dangerous substance such as marijuana. Mr. Goodson could be charged with a disorderly persons offense for possessing 50 grams or less, which can result in up to six (6) months in jail and suspension of driver’s license for two (2) years.
The penalties for illegal possession of a handgun in New Jersey are laid out in N.J.S.A. 2C:39-5(b). If convicted under this statute, Mr. Goodson could be sentenced to as many as 10 years in state prison.
Goodson remains in custody at the Morris County Jail on $50,000.00 bail.
For more information, see the CBSSports.com article entitled “Jets RB Mike Goodson Arrested, Facing Drug, Firearm Charges.”