A teen recently faced charges of selling heroin and was taken into custody at school. Authorities conducted a lengthy investigation into the drug crimes. He faces seven counts including drug sales, drug possession, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was held on a bond of $100,000.
After police obtained a search warrant, they found cash, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The high-school student supposedly enlisted the help of a juvenile in his illegal activities. However, the minor does not attend the same high school as the accused man.
Although no heroin was found on the man’s person, a joint task force between city and county personnel supposedly determined he was involved in drug sales. The task force has been focusing their efforts on finding and prosecuting heroin offenders because they are especially concerned about a rash of overdoses in recent months. The investigation is ongoing, and school authorities declined to comment further on the case. However, one spokeswoman indicated that the school offers counseling services to help students with substance-abuse problems.
When someone is arrested and convicted of drug crimes, they could face serious consequences, especially if the state has mandatory sentencing penalties. Convictions for crimes involving multiple counts and sales charges can be especially serious. A criminal defense attorney might be able to help clients to fight the charges. In other cases, the attorney might attempt to negotiate a plea agreement to combine and lessen consequences or fight for alternative sentences, such as rehabilitation programs.