Law enforcement authorities recently announced the results of an undercover operation in the Connecticut city of Norwich. Heroin trafficking and prostitution were described as the primary targets of the initiative. Four people were reportedly arrested solely on prostitution related charges, while three other people were arrested solely on various drug charges. One individual was arrested on drug charges as well as for patronizing a prostitute.
A 19-year-old Connecticut woman was arrested for prostitution and had her bond set at $2,500. Three men were charged with patronizing a prostitute. Each had their bond set at $2,500 as well. No details were disclosed by authorities beyond a listing of the criminal charges.
The most serious allegations concerned a 31-year-old Norwich resident. He was accused of drug charges in addition to patronizing a prostitute. He was also charged with the sale of crack cocaine as well as reckless driving and other moving violations. His bond was established at $25,000.
Three other men also face drug charges. All Norwich residents, they were each accused of the possession and sale of heroin. Bonds were set at $10,000 each. No information was disclosed regarding upcoming court dates for any of the accused individuals.
Drug charges which involve the alleged sale of hard drugs are understandably serious in Connecticut. Those facing prostitution related accusations risk not only a criminal record but public scrutiny and embarrassment. Nevertheless, publication of a list of criminal charges in the media is a far cry from a criminal conviction. Prosecutors will have to provide detailed proof of the accusations that meets a stringent burden of proof. If they are not able to do so, the accused individuals cannot be convicted of the allegations leveled against them.
Source: wtnh.com, "8 arrested in prostitution, drug busts," Oct. 9, 2012