A Milton, New Hampshire, man was recently indicted on drug charges by a grand jury. The 34-year-old was arrested this past July and accused of selling heroin out of a mobile home, according to a report.
He's charged with sale of a controlled drug, as well as possession with intent to sell less than a gram of heroin. Both charges are special felonies with enhanced penalties.
He faces the possibility of enhanced penalties because of a previous conviction in New York eight years ago, the Foster's Daily Democrat reports. The paper did not state the nature of the previous conviction, however.
He also faces a Class A felony charge for allegedly being in possession of heroin.
At the time of his arrest, the defendant's girlfriend was also charged. In August, she was found guilty of being in control of premises where a controlled drug is kept.
She was given a suspended sentence of 180 days behind bars; a conditional sentence dependent on two years of good behavior.
According to a court document, the arrest process was initiated on July 18 when Milton police were notified of an erratically operated vehicle.
Later, a dispatcher got a call about a car accident apparently involving a vehicle matching the earlier description.
When police arrived on the scene, they found a female driver apparently in possession of heroin. She told officers she had purchased the drug from the man recently indicted. She told police the man's girlfriend was in the mobile home at the time.
Officers obtained a search warrant and then searched the home, finding in a bedroom a plastic bag containing a brown powder. The man had in his possession $2,0000 in cash.
A police dog identified the substance in the bag as drugs; the man and woman were arrested.
If the man is convicted, he faces up to 15 years in a New Hampshire state prison, in addition to substantial fines.
In similar circumstances, an experienced criminal defense attorney will examine the details of the evidence, the circumstances of the search and any possible plea deals obtained by co-defendants, in order to help a client make the best informed decision involving available legal options.
Source: Fosters.com, "Man waives arraignment on drug charges," by Mikaela K. Reynolds," Nov. 11, 2013