Recently, a tragic scene played out in a Vermont hotel when police arrested an unmarried New Hampshire couple on felony drug charges. According to Hartford police officials, they were called to Vermont's White River Inn and Suites after a number of guests reported that a powerful odor of marijuana was wafting down the hallway. Two of the responding police officers claimed that the marijuana seemed to be emanating from the female who answered the hotel room door.
Once inside, the police discovered items used to package drugs along with marijuana, 34 grams of cocaine, almost 26 grams of heroin, Suboxone strips, crack pipes, guns and $3,000. They also found three young children belonging to the woman who opened the door inside the hotel room. The 32-year-old woman and her 33-year-old boyfriend, both of New Hampshire, were arrested on the scene.
The male defendant allegedly pleaded not guilty to drug charges including felony counts of heroin trafficking and possession of cocaine. He may not get bail options due to three previous felony convictions, two of which involve narcotics. He is potentially facing a life sentence because of his status as a habitual offender.
The female defendant reportedly also pleaded not guilty to felony charges of cocaine possession and heroin trafficking. She was ordered held because she lacked the funds to make a $2,500 bail. When the police arrived at the hotel room, she allegedly told them she was staying with her boyfriend in the hotel and that her three children were sleeping in the bedroom.
Anytime drug charges touch the lives of innocents, it ups the stakes for everyone involved -- from family members to law enforcement personnel. While it might paint a negative picture of the defendants, the truth is no one can know about any extenuating circumstances related to offenses like drug trafficking, distribution and possession. A criminal defense attorney can fill an important role in these kinds of cases to ensure no one's rights have been violated and outside circumstances are taken into account.
Source: Rutland Herald, "Couple found with children and heroin in hotel room" Eric Francis, Apr. 02, 2014