Man sentenced on drug charges

A 31-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison and 12 years on supervised release for selling heroin in Michigan. The Gogebic-Iron Area Narcotics Team, also known as GIANT, had been investigating him for some time. In February 2015, they bought heroin from him. The following day, he was taken into custody for domestic violence but gave a false name and produced a fake ID. He made bond, and police lost track of him. They then discovered who he was and that he was on supervised release in Minnesota and was not supposed to leave the state due to a federal drug conviction in 2008.

Undercover agents purchased heroin from him again in April 2015 and then carried out a search on his home. They found 35 grams of heroin there. He was taken into custody, and in December, he pleaded guilty to charges of distributing heroin within 1,000 feet of a playground. Before he starts his prison sentence, he will also face drug-related charges in Douglas County and charges for violating his supervised release in Minnesota.

One option a person has when facing drug charges is to plead guilty. In some cases, a defendant could be offered a lesser sentence instead of facing more serious penalties if the case had gone to trial. This might be a good option for people who already have prior drug charges on their record.

However, in other instances, a person may want to plead innocent. Drug charges can create serious consequences for a person's career, education and other endeavors. Sometimes, an attorney may be able to get some evidence dismissed or charges dropped altogether because police did not observe a person's rights during the investigation.

Source: FOX21, " Chicago Man Sentenced For Selling Heroin in Michigan," Raeanna Marnati, March 25, 2016