The State Attorney’s Office has reported that four men have been charged with distributing more than 2 kilograms of heroin in Manatee County. The men are ages 24, 29, 30 and 39, and two are from Manatee County. The remaining two men are from Orlando and Dade City.
Agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at a home in Dade City where the men were alleged to be cutting pure heroin for street sales. During the search, agents reportedly recovered 1.4 kilograms of uncut heroin and 900 grams of cut heroin. They also claim to have found crack cocaine, 2 ounces of methamphetamine and a firearm.
The four men were taken into custody. If the men are convicted as charged, they face sentences that range from a minimum of 10 years up to a maximum of life in prison. There is no information about whether bail has been set in the men’s cases or if they remain in jail.
The penalties for drug crimes such as the distribution of drugs may be severe. The heroin epidemic has led law enforcement to concentrate on going after people who sell heroin and related drugs such as fentanyl. People who are accused of selling heroin may want to get legal help from criminal defense lawyers who are experienced in handling serious drug crimes cases. The attorneys may understand the manner in which the investigations, searches and seizures are supposed to be conducted and look for any problems with how law enforcement officers completed them. Attorneys might try to get some of the evidence against their clients suppressed or negotiate plea offers to lesser charges or capped sentences.
Source: Herald, “Four charged with distributing more than two kilograms of heroin in Manatee County,” Ryan Callihan, July 13, 2018.