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Raleigh man faces more than 20 years in prison on drug charges

Regular readers of our Raleigh criminal law blog know that our goal is to help keep you informed of interesting North Carolina cases and statutes. Because we have some of the nation's toughest drug laws, our attention often turns to drug arrests, defenses, trials and sentencing.

We read recently in The News & Observer of a 66-year-old man who faces the possibility of more than 23 years in state prison on heroin trafficking charges.

He was arrested after a motor vehicle accident. No one was reported injured in the south Raleigh crash in which he is said to have hit a parked car at about 10 p.m. 

Law enforcement officials were called to the crash. Officers searched his 2007 Mazda and claimed that "they found between 14 and 28 grams of heroin," according to the newspaper report. As you might know, the 28-gram figure is important because, if accurate, it could raise the alleged violation to a Class C felony for heroin possession with an intent to sell the drug, punishable by up to 225 (18 years and 9 months) to 279 months (23 years and 3 months), plus a $500,000 fine.

He faces a number of charges, the paper reports, including maintaining a vehicle to keep a controlled substance, transporting heroin, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He is also accused of driving while impaired and failing to reduce his speed.

Officers said the suspect admitted to them that he smoked crack cocaine before the crash and arrest.

At Dysart Willis, our attorneys are experienced in defending clients facing state and federal drug charges.