August 17, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- On Aug. 1, 2013, Norwalk, Conn., police from the Special Services Unit arrested a 61-year-old Water bury man in possession of $400 and 250 bags of heroin that reportedly had a street value of $5,000. The heroin was prepackaged for individual sales.
The defendant was under investigated for heroin sales and transport and law enforcement was acting in response to a tip. According to The Hour, he faces several criminal drug charges
- Possession of narcotics.
- Possession with intent to sell.
- Sale near a school.
- Possession near a school.
Heroin on the increase
As is widely known, heroin is a dangerous, highly addictive opiate drug that can cause severe medical problems, including death. The media has widely reported recently that heroin is on the upswing across the country in newer, stronger, easier to ingest forms like powder, instead of only being available by injection. Heroin is apparently the second drug of choice for many people addicted to prescription drugs who are unable to obtain them. In addition, heroin use among teens is increasing.
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy or ONDCP
, Connecticut drug treatment programs report that heroin is the most common drug for which they admit patients. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency reports that heroin is widely available in the Northeast, coming mainly from New York City sources.
Connecticut heroin penalties
The state of Connecticut has very strong penalties on the books for people convicted of heroin crimes like manufacturing, distributing, selling, dispensing and so on. Those convicted of such crimes face the possibility of long (sometimes mandatory) prison sentences and steep fines. The sanctions may be more severe if the crime took place near a school, public housing project or day care; if the heroin was given to a minor; and if the defendant has previous convictions.
A Connecticut judge has some discretion to reduce certain mandatory jail sentences if the defendant is a minor or has significant mental impairment. The penalties also vary depending on whether the defendant is him or herself addicted to drugs.
It is also a crime to operate a motor vehicle in Connecticut under the influence of a drug like heroin. An OUI
conviction can also result in incarceration and a fine, as well as opening the defendant up to other consequences like loss of driving privileges or required installation of a ignition interlock device in his or her car.
Build your defense
A Connecticut drug crime conviction could not only affect your freedom and pocketbook, but also your reputation and professional status. As early as possible, if you suspect you are being investigated for a drug crime or if you already face charges, contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney for advice and representation, and to begin to mount a vigorous and smart defense.
Article provided by Kevin Smith, Attorney at Law
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