A man living near Pittsburgh is in trouble with the law once again after a large amount of drugs were allegedly found in his home. He now faces drug charges including possession of a controlled substance and intent to deliver a controlled substance.
According to authorities, an informant called the 33-year-old man and said he would pay him $90 for 10 baggies of heroin. The informant went to the man's home around 10 a.m. to pick up the drugs and later delivered them to investigators.
Six hours later, police executed a search warrant at the man's home and allegedly found 504 baggies of heroin in his refrigerator. In addition, police claim they found a .45-caliber pistol.
Police say the 33-year-old man was wearing an ankle bracelet when they searched the home. He is apparently on house arrest from a prior drug case.
The man was arrested and now faces drug charges. He also faces weapons charges for allegedly being in possession of a firearm.
When someone in Pittsburgh faces charges for alleged drug crimes, it may seem like a hopeless situation. However, investigating how police obtained a search warrant and determining whether or not that warrant was carried out lawfully may be the basis of a strong criminal defense.
Although law enforcement officers promise to protect and serve the public, there may be instances when they overuse their power. While the job they do is an important one, law enforcement officers cannot violate the rights of American citizens. Working to be sure authorities acted appropriately may be the best first step as the accused works towards a favorable outcome.
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Rankin man on house arrest accused of dealing heroin," Jacob Quinn Sanders, June 1, 2012