Police reported that a man in Pennsylvania delivered cocaine and heroin to undercover drug agents in 2016 and recently tried to flee from agents in the process of arresting him. The man also reportedly attempted to dispose of a large amount of cocaine during his recent encounter with police. He now faces drug charges and is detained on bonds totaling $300,000.
According to authorities, the 35-year-old man sold drugs to investigators back in July and Aug. 2016. Then, when authorities encountered him at around 10:15 a.m. on a recent Wednesday, they told him that he was under arrest. However, the man allegedly ran off while police were trying to cuff him.
When police later found him, they also reportedly discovered a small quantity of what they suspected to be cocaine in his possession. Police claim that when they checked the area, they furthermore discovered 6 ounces of what looked like cocaine. They estimated the suspected drug that they seized at a street value of $18,000. The charges currently include drug possession, possessing a drug and intending to deliver it, possessing drug paraphernalia and escaping police to avoid arrest.
The Pennsylvania man has the right to proceed to trial to fight the drug charges. As an alternative, he may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with prosecutors, typically alongside experienced defense counsel. The benefit of a plea deal is that it might lead to reduced charges and thus a more lenient sentence than what would be rendered if the man were found guilty at trial. An attorney will focus on protecting the man’s legal rights while fighting to achieve the best possible result.
Source: goerie.com, “Erie man faces drug charges in two cases“, Tim Hahn, Nov. 7, 2017