On Sept. 29, a Virginia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted of selling drugs on the side while reportedly helping the authorities. The 44-year-old man had been previously convicted possession of meth with intent to distribute and other charges before earning goodwill with the authorities by helping to set up controlled purchases.
Evidence showed that the accused man distributed a large amount of methamphetamine in Fredericksburg between 2011 and 2015. He reportedly obtained the meth by traveling to Las Vegas and purchasing it from a middleman. He would then mail himself the drugs or have the middleman mail the drugs to him. He was taken into custody in June 2015 after authorities received an anonymous tip regarding his alleged drug activities.
The accused man worked with authorities to set up a controlled purchase with the man's former drug supplier. This controlled purchase resulted in an arrest in June 2015. He was then involved in two other controlled purchases in the same month. Four people were taken into custody as a result. However, authorities learned that the man was taken into custody in early 2016 in Baltimore on charges associated with the distribution of heroin. He was free on bond when he was detained.
Those accused of committing drug crimes could face serious legal consequences that might include a prison sentence in addition to fines and other penalties. A criminal law attorney will determine what defense strategies might be viable in the accused person's unique situation. The attorney may potentially challenge the charges if the evidence was unlawfully collected or negotiate with the prosecution to reduce the severity of the punishments.
Source: Fredericksburg.com, "Double-dealing informant gets 15 years in Spotsylvania", Keith Epps, Sept. 29, 2017