Facing criminal charges can be a frightening time. Knowing that a conviction can lead to fines and incarceration, along with the long-term consequences related to employment and other prospects can scare any individual. Three North Carolina residents will likely be considering their defense options after their recent arrests on felony drug charges.
According to a report by deputies of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the arrests followed an investigation that involved a covert operation over a period of six months. They monitored drug activities in the area, and this included undercover dealings with suspected drug dealers. Some of those dealings allegedly included methamphetamine purchases at the homes of three individuals. They were identified as a couple, ages 52 and 46, who lived in one of the homes where meth was allegedly purchased, and a 45-year-old man in another house on the same street.
The husband and wife received secure bonds of $30,000 and $15,000 respectively, on what appear to be identical felony charges. These included dealing, delivering and possession with intent to sell controlled substances and maintaining a dwelling for that purpose. The charges against the other man were similar, but instead of maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, he was also charged with a misdemeanor marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession count.
Just as anyone else accused of a crime, individuals who are facing drug charges in North Carolina have the right to fair and impartial treatment throughout the legal proceedings. Each defendant's criminal defense attorney will likely launch an independent investigation into the facts and circumstances behind the accusations. An experienced lawyer can examine the investigators' procedures during the undercover operations. Any irregularities may be addressed during litigation. Based on the available evidence, the defense strategy will endeavor to achieve the best possible outcome.
Source: lincolntimesnews.com, "Trio arrested on drug charges", Nov. 20, 2016