On Oct. 29, three North Carolina men received criminal charges after authorities in New Hanover County allegedly found a large amount of heroin at an apartment owned by one of the men. According to the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, the drug bust was the second largest discovery of heroin in the history of the county.
The drug raid was reportedly part of an investigation into alleged drug crimes that had been going on for the past three months. Officials believe that the man who owned the apartment kept heroin there in exchange for payments of $300 a week. During the operation, deputies reportedly seized 4.5 ounces of raw heroin, 1,500 bags of heroin, items used for drug manufacturing, drug paraphernalia and cash.
All three of the men were taken to New Hanover County Jail and charged for heroin trafficking, possession of heroin with intent to sell or deliver, conspiracy to traffic heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance. The apartment owner was held on a $100,000 secured bond, and the other two men were held on a $1 million secured bond. A child who was found in the apartment prompted a response by the Department of Social Services.
A person facing these kinds of charges may require a strategic criminal defense in order to avoid receiving a significant prison sentence. One way that a criminal defense attorney might help a defendant is by conducting a detailed investigation into the search warrant that was executed. If authorities violated the homeowner’s rights in any way, this information may be used to file motions to suppress evidence that was seized.