When investigators from the Special Crimes Unit at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Department caught wind of a plot to smuggle contraband into the county jail, the response was to interrogate a sheriff’s deputy. They confronted the 23-year-old deputy who had only worked at the agency for four months when he arrived at work.
Investigators informed the deputy that they knew about an inmate who had made arrangements for someone to pick up a package outside the jail and bring it in. Eventually, the deputy admitted that he had agreed to sneak a package into the correctional facility.
The deputy surrendered the package, which reportedly contained various contraband items, including synthetic marijuana. Authorities arrested the deputy, who now faces charges for the manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance. Law enforcement is continuing to investigate the smuggling activities.
When an alleged offender is arrested on a drug charge, an attorney could provide clarity about the severity of the possible penalties. Legal counsel could also provide an opinion about the strength of the evidence. This information may allow a defendant to make an informed decision about seeking a plea deal or trying to secure an acquittal at trial. To prepare a defense, an attorney might look for ways to discredit evidence if it came from a criminal informant or resulted from an unlawful search and seizure. Casting doubt on evidence could give an attorney leverage to get charges reduced as part of a plea deal. At a trial, similar efforts might convince a jury to acquit a defendant of charges.