Florida man charged with dealing heroin, fentanyl out of home

On Feb. 9, a 47-year-old Florida man was arrested for allegedly dealing heroin and fentanyl from his Hollywood home. He now faces multiple drug charges.

According to authorities, Hollywood Police Department detectives discovered the defendant was selling drugs while they were investigating a local methamphetamine trafficking ring. They also received information on his alleged drug trafficking activities from his probation officers and neighborhood watch groups. The police searched his home located on the 800 block of North 11th Avenue, where they found over 21 grams of fentanyl, more than 11 grams of heroin, nearly 3 grams of cocaine and half a gram of methamphetamine.

The defendant was charged with heroin and fentanyl trafficking and cocaine and methamphetamine possession. He was booked into North Broward Bureau Jail and held on a bond of over $300,000. According to police, he has a history of drug dealing. In October, he was arrested for drug crimes in Broward County. In 2013, he was also convicted of stealing a vehicle in Miami-Dade County. He was on probation for that crime at the time of his latest drug arrest.

If they are convicted, individuals charged with trafficking heroin, fentanyl or other illicit drugs can face harsh consequences. Typical sentences for drug charges often include lengthy prison terms, heavy fines and the seizure of personal property. However, defendants who work with a criminal defense attorney may be able to get the charges dismissed or reduced. For example, if a lawyer proves that the defendant was the victim of an illegal search, the charges could be dropped. In other circumstances, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges in exchange for the defendant's guilty plea.

Source: Local 10, "Hollywood man accused of selling drugs out of his home," Tim Swift, Feb. 12, 2018

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