10/28/2006New Jersey County Seizes Family Cars
Morris County, New Jersey seizes family vehicles over a prescription drug accusation.
Prosecutors in Morris County, New Jersey on Thursday applied to keep permanently the family vehicles belonging to Gerard and Jane Trapp. The cars had been seized based on the accusation that their teenage son Gerald Jr., 19, had the painkiller Oxycodone in his possession. The teenage Trapp has not been found guilty in a court of law, nor has he been put on trial. Notheless, following a July 27 drug raid, the family of six lost their 1992 Cadillac SDV, a 1995 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and a 1994 Toyota Camry.
"To take three cars over a conspiracy charge is over the top," Gerald Trapp Sr. told the Hanover Daily Record. "To seek to have the people buy back their own cars when they need those cars for their daily activities seems to me to almost rise to the level of extortion."
Neither of the parents were aware of their teenage son's prescription painkiller use, nor were any of the cars registered in his name. The family currently has no means to get to work or transportation. Gerald Trapp Sr. is a Bloomfield police officer.