On June 5, authorities took a Texas man into custody after he was accused of picking up a package full of fentanyl from the post office. According to the authorities, the package contained about 102 grams of the drug.
The accused 22-year-old man allegedly ordered the drug from China and was then selling the drug to young adults. Authorities took him into custody when he returned to his apartment. Deputies also searched the man’s apartment and found a safe that allegedly contained cocaine and heroin. He was ultimately charged with evading arrest and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.
Fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid, is similar to morphine but can be up to 100 times more potent, making it easier to accidentally overdose. In fact, in the past few months in the surrounding area where the man was arrested, five people died after mixing fentanyl and heroin.
When a person is facing a drug charge, the legal consequences if a conviction is obtained can be severe. When the charges include possession with intent to sell, the penalties could include lengthy imprisonment and high fines. Having such a conviction on the record will make it difficult to find gainful employment upon release, among other negative consequences. As a result, people who find themselves in such a situation may want to meet with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to combat the allegations can be constructed. One avenue could be to challenge the search that led to the seizure of the drugs as being made without probable cause.
Source: KHOU, “Katy man arrested, more than 100 grams of Fentanyl seized“, June 5, 2017