On Feb. 17, a Connecticut man was handed several drug and weapons charges after authorities executed a search and seizure warrant at his home in Bridgeport. According to reports, the 31-year-old man is an aspiring rapper who posts videos on YouTube that show him rapping about selling crack, marijuana and other drugs.
The search that led to the man's charges was conducted by the Statewide Urban Violence Cooperative Crime Control Task Force. During the search, authorities allegedly discovered heroin that had been packaged for street-level sales in 300 separate bags. Crack cocaine, uncut heroin, $2,148 in cash and a loaded .38-caliber revolver was also seized during the operation. The raw heroin was allegedly found hidden inside of a baby-wipe box that was sitting near the accused man's daughter's bed.
As a result of the search and seizure, the man received charges for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, possession of narcotics with intent to sell within a school zone, operating a drug factory, illegal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a minor. At the time he was handed the most recent charges, the man was reportedly on probation for other drug violations. Police claim that the man is connected to gangs in the area.
A person who has received drug charges after being the subject of a search might want to work with an attorney on defense strategies. An attorney may look into the search warrant that was issued to determine whether there were any flaws with the document that might render it invalid. The actions of police officers during the operation may also be investigated to determine if they were inappropriate.
Source: ctpost.com, "Aspiring rapper faces drug, weapons charges", Fausto Giovanny Pinto, Feb. 19, 2015