A 34-year-old man has been arrested on charges of heroin distribution. He is being kept in custody after being unable to post a $100,000 cash bond. The arrest for drug-related offenses occurred after an investigation involving a northern Virginia drug task force and other law enforcement agencies.
Prosecutors claim the man provided a total of 125 grams of heroin in two separate transactions to a person he did not know was a confidential informant. He allegedly provided the first 25 grams of the drugs after being promised a payment of $3,500. When the informant provided the payment, police claimed the defendant then provided an addition 100 grams of heroin.
Investigators stated they found the drug money on the defendant when they arrested him, as well as an additional $990. In addition, they said the man told the informant that he was in possession of another 100 grams of heroin stored at his home. They also accused him of having used up to 17 aliases.
Drug distribution charges can result in substantial prison time upon conviction. Undercover confidential informants are often used, and sometimes such informants are unreliable or biased. They are often drug users or sellers themselves and may be providing information against others in exchange for leniency on pending criminal charges. They often have a strong motive to fabricate accusations against others individuals.
For anyone facing such serious charges, it important to involve an experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney in the case at the earliest possible time to make sure that all possible avenues of defense or mitigation of the charges is adequately explored.
Source: Herald-Mail.com, "Waynesboro, Pa. man charged with heroin distribution" Mathew Umstead, Jul. 25, 2013