Two men nabbed with nearly half-ton of pot & because of bail reform, THEY WALKED!


Nearly a half-ton of pot with a street value of $1.5 million was taken off the streets thanks to a massive bust in South Kearny carried out by the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, but the two men who possessed the illegal drug were both free the very next day because they didn’t meet the requirements to be held on remand or on bail, the sheriff, Francis X. “Frank” Schillari, announced last week.

On Friday, Jan. 31, the HCSO, with the assistance of the United States Department of Homeland Security, intercepted a tractor trailer shipment of marijuana as it made a delivery to a Kearny warehouse.


The tractor was loaded with 737 pounds of marijuana.

“This is one of the biggest single marijuana busts in Hudson County history,” Schillari said. “Our detective bureau deserves all the credit for an excellent job. I’m proud to have them in my department serving and protecting the people of Hudson County.”

Arrested were Usman Ahmed, 31, of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and Manjot Aujal, 21, of Poughkeepsie, New York. They were both charged with first-degree possession of marijuana and first-degree manufacturing and distribution of a controlled-dangerous substance.

Ahmed and Aujal were both taken to the Hudson County Jail in South Kearny.

However, because of the new bail reform law in Jersey, neither could be held on remand or bail.

Instead, they were both released on their own recognizance, pending their respective court dates.

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