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Massachusetts man charged with drug possession after search

Police took a 27-year-old man into custody on drug charges on the morning of June 9 after allegedly discovering about five ounces of illegal drugs during a search of his Plymouth County home. The search was conducted with officers attached to the Brockton Police Department's Narcotics Unit assisted by detectives from the Massachusetts State Police. The man has been charged with one count of drug trafficking two counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute.

According to a Brockton Police Department representative, the warrant to search the residence on Pleasant Street was obtained after an investigation into an area drug distribution service lasting two months. Police discovered cocaine, fentanyl and the addiction medicine Suboxone during the search. Officers say that they also seized about $10,000 in cash, four digital scales, substances that were allegedly used for cutting drugs and materials that were used to package drugs.

Police say that the man mixed drugs in his home and then delivered them to his customers using a BMW sedan. The car was also searched by police, and reports indicate that it will be subject to forfeiture. The man was arraigned on June 9 in Brockton District Court.

When faced with facts like these, experienced criminal defense attorneys may scrutinize police reports carefully to ensure that probable cause existed before search warrants were issued. They may also advise those facing drug charges to behave courteously and answer no questions from police officers until a lawyer is present. Most drug cases are resolved by plea agreements, and prosecutors may be less willing to show leniency when defendants have acted belligerently or made incriminating statements.

Source: The Enterprise of Brockton, "Detectives seize 140 grams of cocaine, fentanyl in Brockton raid", Cody Shepard, June 9, 2017

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