An 18-year-old Connecticut man is facing drug charges stemming from an investigation conducted by police officials. The man has been accused of trafficking cocaine in front of a furniture store in Stratford. Reports had apparently been made to police officials that drug activity had been taking place in the area. This resulted in an undercover police officer supposedly engaging in a drug transaction with the 18-year-old man.
Authorities were able to take the man into custody without any sort of altercation erupting. Officials did claim that the man attempted to mislead them as to his identity. He supposedly provided an incorrect birth date and name when first asked to supply them. This resulted in police leveling an interfering with an officer charge against him.
Additionally, they also accused the man of drug sales in the form of crack cocaine. Authorities booked the man at the Stratford Police Department and bond was set at $50,000. Now, the 18-year-old man will face the choice of negotiating some sort of plea deal with prosecutors or preparing a criminal defense against the charges.
Being accused of trafficking cocaine can certainly be a serious matter for any Connecticut resident to go through. For someone who is as young as this particular man, it can be even more challenging since they may not know what to expect. Fortunately, the law provides each citizen with the right to be considered innocent until and only if proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors have an extremely high burden of proof to overcome and that means that it is sometimes possible to negotiate a more favorable outcome via a plea deal.
Source: ctpost.com, "Stratford busts teen on drug charges," June 15, 2013