Jersey man caught importing 9 pounds of meth through U.S. Postal Service

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Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of ERIC RAYMOND SHANKLAND (DOB: 2/26/1973; single; unemployed) of 7 West 4th Street, Moonachie, NJ on drug offenses. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Jason Love.

During the course of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, ERIC SHANKLAND was identified as a distributor of narcotics, specifically, crystal methamphetamine. During the week of April 24, 2021, the United States Postal Inspection Service alerted the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that they intercepted a parcel containing approximately three pounds of crystal methamphetamine. The parcel originated from Arizona and was destined for delivery to ERIC SHANKLAND’s residence at 7 West 4th Street, Moonachie, NJ.

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On May 4, 2021, the parcel was delivered by the United States Postal Inspection Service to 7 West 4th Street, Moonachie, NJ where it was received by ERIC SHANKLAND. A search warrant was executed at SHANKLAND’s residence. The search of the residence revealed approximately six pounds of additional crystal methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia associated with the distribution of Controlled Dangerous Substances. The total amount of crystal methamphetamine seized was approximately nine pounds with a street value of $400,000.00. ERIC SHANKLAND was arrested at the scene without incident and transported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

ERIC SHANKLAND was charged with one count of Possession With The Intent To Distribute A Controlled Dangerous Substance, namely Crystal Methamphetamine, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-5(b)8, a 1st degree crime. SHANKLAND was remanded to the Bergen County Jail pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.

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Prosecutor Mark Musella states that the charge is merely an accusation and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Moonachie Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

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