A former record-breaking high school football star, Kenneth “The Moose” Cattouse (27), and his older brother, Anthony Cattouse, Jr. (32), were charged with selling cocaine and heroin in Monmouth County earlier this month. The brothers were arrested after a two-month long investigation by the Narcotics and Gang Investigation Section of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. More than $4,700 in cash, 37 bricks of heroin, cocaine, Oxycodone, as well as two vehicles were seized by the prosecutor’s office during the arrest.
Anthony Cattouse was charged with one count of second-degree distribution of heroin, one count of second-degree possession with intent to distribute heroin, six counts of third-degree distribution of heroin and eight counts of third-degree possession of controlled dangerous substances. In addition, he was also charged with six counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute heroin, one count of third-degree distribution within 1,000 feet of a school and one count of third-degree possession with intent to distribute heroin within 1,000 feet within a school, as well as several other charges. He was being held in jail in lieu of $260,000 bond.
Kenneth Cattouse was charged with one count of second-degree distribution of cocaine, one count of second-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and four counts of third-degree distribution of cocaine. He was also charged with five counts of third-degree possession of cocaine, five counts of third-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine, as well as several other charges. He was being held in jail in lieu of $180,000 bond.
Two other individuals associated with the Cattouse brothers were also arrested during this incident for similar crimes.
In New Jersey, possessing even small amounts of drugs, such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine, can lead to extremely serious charges, including possession of drugs with the intent to distribute. Intent to distribute charges are contingent upon two key factors: (1) the amount or weight of the drugs in one’s possession and (2) the location where one is caught or apprehended of possession. Drug charges and convictions are extremely serious and can result in penalties of up to 20 years in prison and/or $300,000 in fines, depending on the facts of the case.
Several constitutional defenses, however, may be applicable to your case and exercised on your behalf to prevent prejudicial information and evidence from being presented at trial. Such constitutional rights and defenses include the 4th Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure, violation of Miranda Rights under the 5th Amendment, violation of the 6th Amendment right to counsel, and violation of the right to due process of law under the 14th Amendment.
If you are charged with a serious crime, it is important to contact an experienced attorney before speaking to the police about your situation. At Gregg A. Wisotsky, Esq., Partner, Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins, PC, we offer aggressive advocacy for all levels of drug crimes. As drug crime defense lawyers, we have represented clients in Morris County and throughout New Jersey. Call immediately at 973-898-0161.