01 Feb: Rice Takes On Non-Local Drug Market With Legislative Push

TRENTON – Senator Ronald L. Rice wants to once again push legislation that would create tougher penalties for anyone who sells, distributes or purchases illegal drugs in a municipality where he or she does not reside, in order to contain and eradicate the drug problem in New Jersey’s communities.

“Not everyone in Newark is on drugs or sells drugs, but my city has a reputation as a drug marketplace regardless,” said Senator Rice, D-Essex. “Outside forces are exacerbating a problem that is destroying the quality of life in communities where drug dealers are open for business on our corners. There is an increasing number of individuals who travel into cities where they don’t live for the sole purpose of selling or purchasing drugs, and the only way to clean up our streets is to crack down on the number of outsiders who commit these crimes.”