A man in Pennsylvania was recently taken into custody for drug-related offenses. However, the police search that led to his drug charges initially had nothing to do with drugs. Instead, the man had an active domestic relations warrant for not making child support payments.
According to police, when they were searching for the 52-year-old man due to his warrant, they received a tip that he was involved in selling large amounts of cocaine. They were also told that he was staying in an inn at the time. When police arrived at the inn, they were able to go into his room, where they allegedly found a handgun along with marijuana and cocaine.
Police said they additionally found cannabis oil and cash totaling $12,000 in the inn room. In addition, a lifesaver container reportedly contained heroin packets. Authorities said the man admitted that he had used the inn room and rented an automobile in an effort to escape from police, as he had no desire to be taken into custody. His drug charges include possessing drugs and intending to deliver them, as well as purchasing drugs.
Although the man faces serious drug charges and other criminal charges, including fleeing to avoid being arrested, he is presumed innocent until and unless prosecutors in Pennsylvania can prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. This standard exists in an effort to prevent innocent individuals from being convicted of crimes and sentenced accordingly. Rather than going to trial, however, the man may seek to negotiate a plea agreement with the prosecution, which might lead to a lighter sentence than what would result from a guilty verdict at trial.
Source: poconorecord.com, “East Stroudsburg man faces drug charges“, Patrick Campbell, Jan. 9, 2018