A policeman in Pennsylvania was recently taken into custody for selling drugs. According to police, the man facing drug charges sold both heroin and cocaine. In addition, he reportedly conspired with authorities in another state to sell drugs.
The 33-year-old man was arrested on a Tuesday at his home. According to authorities, the police with whom he conspired in another state belonged to the department for which he formerly worked. With his charges of conspiring to distribute cocaine and heroin as well as possessing these drugs and intending to distribute them, the man faces up to 20 years behind bars.
Court documents indicated that the man served as a police officer with his former department until 2008. While in this department’s training academy, he reportedly met his co-conspirator. He then joined his current Pennsylvania police department in 2014.
Just because the man faces drug charges does not mean he is guilty of the crimes of which he is accused. Rather, prosecutors bear the burden of proving the man’s charges beyond a reasonable doubt before any conviction can be secured. This standard exists with the goal of preventing innocent individuals from facing convictions for crimes they did not do. Instead of going to trial, however, the defendant may opt to seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution, which might result in a more lenient sentence for him. A criminal defense attorney in Pennsylvania will push for the most personally favorable outcome for the accused in either situation, given the facts of the case.
Source: Roxborough, PA, Patch, “Philly Police Officer Sold Drugs With Baltimore Cops: Feds“, Max Bennett, Accessed on Nov. 14, 2017