Leaders in the community with reputations as upstanding citizens risk suffering serious damage to their reputations if they are wrongly charged of a drug crime. The difficulties they face increase dramatically upon any conviction in Connecticut courts. Their ability to maintain something of their standing depends on being well prepared against the drug charges.
In mid-January a priest was arrested for his involvement in a drug ring that sold and distributed methamphetamines. He is reportedly also a drug user. In addition, he is alleged to have purchased an adult bookstore so he could launder the drug money there.
He is described by the narcotics officers as the leader of the Connecticut branch of a drug ring involving multiple people, and his home reportedly served as a distribution center. A DEA affidavit states that he had a large quantity of cash and drug paraphernalia at his apartment. A federal grand jury indicted him on charges related to drug distribution.
This priest had a distinguished career that merited an award in 2010 to celebrate his gifts and accomplishments. Now he will be associated by the general public with drug trafficking and federal crimes. For the priest to begin to rebuild his image and reputation, he needs to put together a very strong criminal defense. This requires an understanding of federal law, as well as a thorough examination of the evidence and investigation techniques used to secure his arrest. Good insight about how to present his situation to the press, the public and the courts will also be very helpful as he seeks to get past these drug charges and go forward with his life.
Source: Brookfield, CT Patch, "Investigation Paints Lurid Picture of Bridgeport Priest Involved in Meth Ring," David Moran, Jan. 21, 2013