Police accuse man of selling heroin near school zone

Police in Massachusetts have reportedly taken a 26-year-old man into custody for allegedly selling heroin. He is being charged with resisting arrest, violation of a drug-free school zone and possession of a Class A substance with intent to distribute. Police say that a search of the defendant's home revealed drug paraphernalia and heroin and that the defendant may have also been in possession of 50 bags of heroin immediately prior to being contacted by authorities.

According to a Springfield Police sergeant, the man had been under surveillance for some time by the department's Narcotics Division. The Springfield District Court authorized a search warrant on his home, and in addition, officers obtained a separate federal warrant for probation violation. The man was taken into custody when investigating officers allegedly observed him selling heroin once again. Officers requested that he be jailed on a $75,000 cash bail due to his past criminal history; the man has a prior conviction on his record for federal drug charges.

Judicial warrants often come with parameters that police officers are required to adhere to. Although a warrant may have indeed authorized a search of a defendant's home, the content and nature of that warrant may be subject to a defense attorney's review to ensure officers acted appropriately. Improperly executed warrants and other procedural errors may sometimes be the basis for a defense against drug charges.

Furthermore, someone who has been convicted of drug charges might face serious consequences, for which reason they may benefit from enlisting the services of an attorney. In addition to reviewing the evidence against them and verifying whether it is sustainable or not, an attorney may be able to argue for leniency on the defendant's behalf.

Source: WGGB, "Police: Convicted Drug Dealer Arrested Again on Drug Charges", Ryan Trowbridge, August 15, 2014

Source: WGGB, "Police: Convicted Drug Dealer Arrested Again on Drug Charges", Ryan Trowbridge, August 15, 2014

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