The circumstances surrounding drug charges can have a significant impact on which charges are filed and the possible penalties. Understanding the charges and discussing the situation with a criminal defense attorney are crucial to moving forward with a defense strategy.
A police investigation and subsequent search of a Meriden residence resulted in the discovery of multiple controlled substances and the arrest of three people. The investigation was spurred by complaints that drug dealing activities had been going on in the area, and the police searched the home on March 18.
During the search, officers reportedly found approximately $930 in cash, 2.8 grams of marijuana, 113 grams of heroin and various other substances, including morphine, suboxone, hydrocodone and cocaine. A 35-year-old man who did not live on the property was charged with possession of narcotics and held on $2,500 bond.
The other two arrested, ages 29 and 24, were reportedly residents of the property. They have both been charged with possession with intent to sell in a school zone, operating a drug factory, possession of narcotics and other various drug violations. They were both being held with bond set at $250,000 each, with the next court appearance scheduled for April 1.
As seen in this case, if a drug offense is committed within a certain distance of a school or a significant amount of drugs is recovered during the search, it can mean the defendant will be charged with more than just simple possession. Defendants do have rights, however, and learning more about police search procedures and alternative strategies such as challenging evidence can help defendants understand all of the options.
Source: NBC Connecticut, "3 Charged in Massive Meriden Drug Bust," March. 19, 2015