Drug sale and possession crimes can come with harsh sentences, especially if someone is charged in federal court. Any drug crimes can have serious consequences, so it’s important to have an attorney with experience in understanding criminal prosecution and trying drug cases.
According to the New York Post, a Pennsylvania man who police suspected of drug dealing was hiding 110 small bags of heroin in his buttocks. Police say the 32-year-old man was arrested in Scranton after police conducted an undercover drug buy. They found the drugs he was hiding in his buttocks when they were searching him after the arrest.
The man was put in jail and was unable to post bond. According to the news story, he doesn’t have an attorney listed.
An attorney in a case like this would help preserve the rights the man has in a tough situation. Heroin is a type of controlled substance, which is illegal to use, sell and possess. Other controlled substances include cocaine and MDMA.
In drug cases, police typically need search warrants or need to follow the law during search and seizure procedures. Some of the things an attorney could consider challenging in this case are:
- If the arrest occurred in his home, did police have a search warrant, and were the man’s constitutional rights protected if they searched his home after the undercover drug buy?
- If police seized anything from the man’s house, or when they seized the 110 bags of heroin, did they do so legally?
Being charged with possession or sale of a controlled substance requires a strategic approach in defending you if your case goes to trial. In a case like this, an attorney could negotiate a plea deal if that would be in the man’s best interest. There are many types of drug crimes, and they all carry different charges and different possible sentencing. A criminal defense attorney who is determined to fight for your rights every step of the way is important in order to protect your rights and freedom.