A 31-year-old man from Virginia has been sentenced with more than 38 years in prison on multiple drug-related charges. The judge recommended that the man receives two life sentences plus eight years after a jury found him guilty of the drug charges in the February 2020 trial.
The man was detained as part of a massive 2019 undercover investigation known as Operation Trap Door. The operation resulted in more than $2.1 million of drugs being seized. Record amounts of drugs were found during the search. Police say that the man distributed more than six pounds of meth and more than 30 pounds of cocaine by transporting the drugs in small packages that were distributed in toolboxes and pickup trucks. The drugs were placed in hidden compartments and then transported throughout the community. Eight other individuals were also detained during the operation.
Jury members heard from 23 witnesses during the three-day trial. The jury found the man guilty of distributing more than 250 grams of cocaine and at least 200 grams of meth. He was also convicted of possessing a firearm while being a non-U.S. citizen and possessing a firearm while he had the narcotics.
Those convicted of drug crimes often face steep consequences including imprisonment, hefty fines and community service. In most cases, the evidence seized during the search makes up the bulk of the prosecution’s case. Without this evidence, it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove that a drug crime occurred. A lawyer may be able to look into the conditions of the warrant and make sure that areas not listed on the warrant were not searched. If the terms of the search warrant were violated by the police, then the evidence seized may be inadmissible. Without this evidence, the prosecution might choose to reduce or dismiss the charges.