A 28-year-old Virginia man is scheduled to appear in court on March 3 to face drug charges stemming from an October arrest. He is currently out on bond.
On Oct. 28, the defendant, who lives in Norfolk, was taken into custody after an investigation by the Virginia Beach Police Department. He was charged with manufacturing drugs and attempting to manufacture drugs. On Nov. 16, he was further charged with failing to appear in court.
According to court documents, a witness told authorities that the defendant had been selling heroin for approximately three years. At the request of the police, the witness purchased drugs from the defendant on Oct. 19. The drugs were then field-tested by authorities. On Oct. 27, a police detective called the defendant and said she wanted to buy heroin. He allegedly told her that he would connect her. On Oct. 28, the defendant met the detective in a Best Buy parking lot to complete the deal, and he was placed under arrest.
Individuals convicted on drug trafficking charges can face severe penalties, including significant prison time and steep fines. However, a defendant may be able to avoid conviction by contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney could protect a defendant's rights during police questioning and throughout the entire legal process. If the evidence in a case is weak, an attorney could poke holes in the prosecution's case. If the evidence is strong, legal counsel could negotiate a plea deal that reduces charges and penalties.
Source: Southside Daily, "Hearing set: Norfolk man accused of selling heroin in Virginia Beach," Adrieene Marie Mayfield, Feb. 15, 2017