Drug War

NJ Supreme Court Rules Police Can Make Arrest if Someone Answers Door Smoking Marijuana

You'd think drug dealers, of all people, would know better in the first place

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Police officers who are greeted at the door by someone puffing marijuana can force their way in to make an arrest, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Four Newark cops, working on a tip from a confidential informant in 2008, were planning to go undercover to nab a drug dealer at the Riverview Court public housing projects. But they quickly blew their cover once the dealer, Rashad Walker, answered the door with a burning marijuana joint, according to the court record.