Two North Carolina men face the possibility of lengthy prison sentences if they are convicted on charges stemming from their recent arrests.
The two arrests on drug trafficking charges are apparently unrelated, though both men stand accused of dealing heroin and both were arrested by the same Raleigh police officer.
Last Thursday night, a 44-year-old Wendell man was arrested on Millstone Drive. The arresting officer accuses the man of trafficking in heroin. The suspect reportedly had between 14 grams and 28 grams of the substance in his possession.
A few hours later, a Hoyle Drive man was arrested at a store on Capital Boulevard. He, too, was accused of trafficking in the drug.
He allegedly sold between 4 grams and 14 grams of the substance to a police informant.
He faces four charges; one each for alleged possession, transportation, sale and delivery of the heroin.
The News & Observer reports that the warrants in the separate cases do not indicate a link between the men or their arrests, though both were taken into custody by the same officer.
The 44-year-old was being held in lieu of a $50,000 bail and the other man was being held in lieu of a $100,000 bail, the report stated.
In similar situations, many who are accused of trafficking will refuse to talk to police officers or prosecutors about the case until they have had a chance to sit down with a criminal defense attorney who will protect their rights.
Because a drug trafficking conviction can carry a harsh, mandatory sentence, it’s typically best to immediately begin preparation of a vigorous defense designed to result in acquittal at trial or a reduction in charges.
Source: Raleigh News & Observer, “Two face charges in Raleigh heroin-trafficking arrests,” Jan. 3, 2014