Heroin use is a growing issue in Ohio and across the country. The increased availability of the drug and its addictive qualities make it a growing target for law enforcement. With that in mind, law enforcement authorities in many states are taking steps to pursue those they believe are distributing heroin, and in some cases they are seeking stringent penalties to dealers who have been connected to a fatal overdose. An example of the police making arrests when it comes to violation of heroin laws recently occurred in New York.
Two men were placed under arrest after a seizure of $30 million worth of heroin in police operations in Yonkers and the Bronx. According to law enforcement, a vehicle belonging to one of the suspects contained 22 bricks of a powdered version of the drug. It was hidden in a compartment in the trunk.
A search was also conducted on the home of one of the suspects, and 44 more pounds of heroin were discovered along with $50,000 in cash. These items were hidden in the floor and the walls. A storage unit that belonged to the second suspect was searched and nine more pounds of heroin were discovered. The two men are facing charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Although the penalties for those who are convicted of possession of heroin vary from state to state, they are almost always quite serious. A person who has received these types of charges may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible in order to construct a strategy to use before or at trial. In some cases, the attorney might challenge the constitutionality of the search that led to the seizure of the drugs.
Source: ABC News, 'Authorities Seize $30M Worth of Heroin in Bronx, Yonkers," Sept. 29, 2015