Two Connecticut men are in trouble after a purported scheme to sell deodorant after passing it off as crack cocaine. The two are accused of trying to sell the deodorant to an undercover officer seeking to purchase crack cocaine. The men are now facing a variety of criminal charges related to the scheme, including drug charges.
One of the men supposedly received a text message from an individual wanting to purchase an 'eight-ball' of crack cocaine. They allegedly placed the deodorant in a bag so it resembled the drug and drove to the agreed upon meeting place to sell the officer the drug for $150.
Police say the two had no idea the buyer was an undercover officer, and when one of the men exited the vehicle to knock on the motel room door he was ordered by detectives to get on the ground. He allegedly searched for an escape route, but then pulled the plastic baggie containing the deodorant out of his pocket and placed it on the ground.
Detectives restrained him and placed him in handcuffs. The accused led authorities over to the other man who was still sitting inside of their vehicle. When police searched their car they allegedly found drug paraphernalia and heroin. They also claim to have found two swords in the trunk of the car.
One of the men has since been charged with two counts of conspiracy, misrepresentation of a substance as a controlled substance and sixth-degree larceny. The other faces a variety of drug charges and other charges related to the incident including use of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and possession of a controlled substance.
A conviction on the drug charges could net these men lengthy jail sentences. As such, it would likely be in their best interests to ensure they are aware of their legal rights regarding the charges against them. Understanding the potential repercussions they are facing could help them begin to mount a valid and relevant defense so they can challenge the accusations in a Connecticut courtroom.
Source: The Hartford Courant, "Police: Middletown Men Planned On Selling Deodorant As Crack Cocaine," Hilda Munoz, Dec. 13, 2012