On Aug. 22, the Massachusetts State Police gang unit executed a search warrant in Brockton that led to charges being brought against a 48-year-old man. According to authorities, the man's first-floor apartment was found to contain 16 grams of heroin and assorted drug paraphernalia. Police seized the heroin along with two scales, packaging materials and cash totaling $885.
Before the police raid, the accused man had apparently been convicted on prior drug charges. The raid at his home led to a new count for possession of a class A substance with intent to distribute. Reports indicate that the latest charge was the end result of a three-week police investigation looking into narcotics activity. The man's arraignment was scheduled to take place at Brockton District Court on Aug. 25.
During the operation, police say the majority of the heroin they seized was located in a cylinder-shaped container commonly called a 'finger." Twelve grams of the machine-pressed substance was packed into the finger. The additional quantities of heroin that were seized were contained in five different bags.
A police investigation into drug activities can sometimes take several months. If authorities are eager to move forward with a search warrant, they could end up making vital mistakes during the relatively short operation. A criminal defense attorney working on behalf of the accused person might be able to bring some of these crucial police mistakes to light in an effort to have the investigation or raid deemed unlawful. An attorney may then move to suppress key pieces of evidence that were seized by police during the illegal raid.
Source: Wicked Local Brockton, "Brockton man charged with selling, possessing heroin", Joseph Markman, August 23, 2014