Individuals who are arrested on one type of charge can find themselves facing additional or bigger charges because of information uncovered during the investigation of the first charge. For one New Hampshire man, such a situation occurred, leading to an indictment that could lead to life in prison if the man is convicted.
The initial arrest of the man occurred on Dec. 23, 2014. Reports indicate that he was arrested on four counts of possession with intent to distribute. These charges were related to cocaine and heroine.
While investigating the alleged crimes, police obtained a search warrant for the man's mobile phone records. In reviewing texts associated with the man's phone, police found possible evidence that the man was involved in several drug transactions. They also found evidence they say links the man to a drug overdose that caused another man's death.
According to police, the texts on the man's phone might indicate that he was involved in a case where a 28-year-old man was found dead in a Quiznos. The man allegedly died of a fatal dose of fentanyl, which police say the man being charged in this case sold.
The evidence in the case was presented to a grand jury. The grand jury issued an indictment in the case on June 19, which means the man will now face a trial if no plea is available. The grand jury issued several indictments; one of them was for sale of a controlled drug that resulted in death. A conviction on that charge could lead to life in prison.
When facing criminal charges of any type, it's important to protect your rights and future. Understanding how to do so through legal means is essential, as police and others will be attempting to gain access to a variety of evidence against you.
Source: The Union Leader, "Littleton man indicted for selling fatal dose of fentanyl," John Koziol, June 24, 2015