An alleged meth dealer was caught in an undercover sting recently. Law enforcement arranged to meet Gary Yancey Jr. on Constitution Drive in Allentown, Pennsylvania on Mar. 6. According to WFMZ-TV, they exchanged text messages and phone calls about meeting to buy meth.
He hit an undercover vehicle
When Yancey arrived at the meeting spot, he tried to flee. He then allegedly crashed into an undercover police vehicle. When investigators searched his car, they discovered 42 grams of meth and a stolen Taurus 9mm handgun.
It is illegal for a felon to possess a gun
Yancey is a convicted felon, so he cannot possess a gun. He has been charged with possession with intent to deliver, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, illegal possession of a firearm and criminal use of a communication device. His bail is set at $100,000.
Pennsylvania has mandatory minimum sentences
Possession with intent to deliver is a common charge in Pennsylvania. In almost all circumstances, it is charged as a felony. Pennsylvania also has mandatory minimum sentences. If convicted, you will spend time in jail, if you meet one of the mandatory sentence requirements.
Possession of certain quantities of drugs can trigger a mandatory sentence. For possessing between 10 to 100 grams of meth, you face four years in jail for a first offense or seven years for a second offense. You will also have to pay fines. Additionally, if you are convicted of possession with intent to deliver and you also have a weapon, you face a mandatory minimum of five to ten years in prison.
If you are facing multiple charges related to drug crimes, you may want to secure legal counsel. An attorney can examine your case and look for police errors and other evidence. Perhaps your search was illegal, or you had no intent to deliver. An experienced criminal defense attorney may be able to uncover evidence that exonerates you or gets your charges reduced.