The ATF has recently announced the outcome of a Hartford drug case. A 22-year-old man was sentenced in connection to federal drug charges of distributing heroin. A case such as this one shows the severity of drug charges and the serious nature of the consequences for those who are accused and convicted of involvement in the manufacture or distribution of drugs. The life-altering consequences lead many to seek a solid criminal defense against federal drug charges.
In this case, a 22-year-old man reportedly sold heroin from a residence in Hartford between Jan. 2011 and Jan. 2012. The residence is located near an elementary school, and purportedly, the man sought help selling the heroin from underage individuals. Reports indicate that he was selling the drugs from a back window in the residence.
A joint investigation into the heroin distribution was conducted by the ATF and the Hartford Police Department, leading to the arrest. During this investigation, it was also alleged that the man had arranged for the purchase of four guns in exchange for heroin from an undercover officer. This exchange did not take place before the arrest.
The man pleaded guilty to the drug charges against him in June. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. His sentence was 87 months in prison, and then supervised release for four years.
It is unclear whether this man's plea of guilty was entered in order to secure a more favorable outcome, such as lesser charges, which can be a viable option in cases where the defense and prosecution are able to reach an agreement. Anyone in Hartford who is accused of a crime, including a heroin drug crime, has the right to a comprehensive criminal defense, including seeking plea agreement options when the outcome may be more favorable than a trial. Every case is different, which is why it may benefit those facing charges to investigate their options and ensure that they understand the consequences before entering a plea.
Source: Examiner.com, "Hartford man gets 87 months in prison for distributing heroin," Joel Hendon, Nov. 15, 2012