In a recent report, police have been relatively silent on what led them to arrest a man they claim was responsible for selling drugs. However, despite the lack of details, the man has been taken into custody and now faces several serious drug charges as a result of the police investigation. Although charges have been issued, a lot remains to be proven by Connecticut authorities if they hope to have the drug charges result in a criminal conviction.
It has been alleged that the police received information regarding the man, identified as being 24 years old, being in the area with an intent to sell crack cocaine. At approximately 6:30 p.m., police state that they saw the man drive into a shopping plaza parking lot, which was supposedly consistent with the information they had received. The man was subsequently taken into custody and charged with several criminal offenses.
Police have stated that the man they arrested has a substantial criminal history in the area. It was also released that the man is currently on probation for a robbery conviction. Of course, neither of those assertions means that he is guilty of the current drug charges. Currently the man is incarcerated at a local jail based on his inability to post $5,000 bond.
Based on the information released thus far, it is unclear what sources the police based their arrest on. Often, Connecticut police use a confidential informant to provide them with tips that can lead to a full on investigation. Although it is not clear at this time whether a CI was used in this case, the seemingly sparse evidence that has been issued to date may make the prosecutor's job of trying to prove that this man is guilty of the drug charges issued against him very difficult. As this case proceeds through the criminal justice system, the accused man is entitled to the same presumption of innocence that attaches to anyone accused of a crime in our state.
Source: Manchester Patch, "Manchester Police Nab Suspected Crack Dealer," David Moran, Aug. 30, 2012