Evidence provided by two informants working for the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Virginia Beach Police resulted in a raid on a home in the upscale Lake Shores neighborhood. Agents justified the search on reports from the informants who allegedly bought a total of 119 grams of methamphetamine during five different transactions with a man at the house on Oak Leaf Lane.
The informants said that they spent a total of $11,200 on illegal drugs during the investigation. The raid resulted in the arrest of the man living at the house. Neighbors of the suspected drug house expressed surprise at the accusations.
According to documents on file at a Norfolk federal court, investigators had been monitoring the house for months. During their raid, they reported seizing 13 firearms, 1.6 pounds of marijuana, 28 grams of methamphetamine, 20 grams of cocaine and 28 vials that appeared to contain steroids.
A conviction for federal drug trafficking charges could lead to a long prison sentence. Someone confronted by this situation could reach out to a criminal defense attorney for support. To protect the client's rights, an attorney could check to see if law enforcement followed proper procedures during the search and seizure. Any violations of a person's constitutional rights could empower an attorney to challenge the admissibility of the evidence. Statements from potentially unreliable witnesses or informants might also be undermined by an attorney's scrutiny. By striving to weaken a prosecutor's case, an attorney might gain a reduction of charges or a case dismissal. An attorney's advocacy could produce a lenient plea deal or cast doubt in the minds of jurors at a trial.
Source: WTKR, "Virginia Beach man accused of selling meth out of his upscale neighborhood", Margaret Kavanagh, Feb. 16, 2018