A 33-year-old man arrested in Monroe County faces charges related to heroin trafficking after someone overdosed on the drug. After the non-fatal overdose, law enforcement personnel obtained a search warrant to investigate the possible possession of drugs by the two codefendants who lived in the residence. The suspect was away at the time but came back with the codefendant while the warrant was being executed. He tried to dispose of 10 grams of heroin he had bought to resell locally.
Both men were arrested and face drug trafficking charges. The suspect has been charged with nine separate offenses, seven of which are felonies. Because the suspect previously jumped bail, the courts declared that he is a flight risk and held him in custody on a $10,000 cash bond despite his attorney's attempts for a reduced bond amount.
The suspect faces numerous charges, which could mean serious consequences and a lengthy prison term if he is convicted. Since several of these charges are drug offenses, he faces mandatory sentencing sanctions. Mandatory sentencing laws for drug offenses give judges little leeway when ordering penalties.
Criminal defense attorneys can review the execution of the search warrant to ensure it was properly conducted. They can thoroughly review the case and discuss charging options with the prosecution. If the parties cannot negotiate a plea agreement, the lawyers may determine that a court trial is the best option. The lawyers will look out for the best interests of their clients and seek the best possible outcome in the case.
Source: Wxow.com, "Tomah man faces drug trafficking charges," Kristen Barbaresi, Jan. 14, 2013