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North Carolina man sentenced on drug and gun charges

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to six years in a federal prison on March 4 for possessing and distributing heroin and fentanyl. The custodial sentence will be followed by five years of supervised release according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

The sentence, which was handed down by a U.S. District Court judge in Raleigh, was part of a plea agreement that the Fayetteville resident entered into with prosecutors in October 2018. The man made the deal to avoid the possibility of spending decades behind bars on charges including conspiracy to distribute drugs, drug possession and possessing a gun in furtherance of drug trafficking.

Officers from the Fayetteville Police Department and federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began the investigation that led to the man's arrest after an opioid overdose death in Fayette County in April 2018. During this investigation, officers and agents say they gathered evidence against the man during two undercover narcotics purchases. The heroin and fentanyl purchases were enough to secure a search warrant for the man's residence. During the ensuing search, officers and agents are said to have discovered additional quantities of illegal drugs and a firearm.

Experienced criminal defense attorneys might suggest pleading guilty in return for reduced charges or a more lenient sentence when the evidence against their clients seems conclusive and police appear to have conducted themselves properly. This is especially true when the case involves federal narcotics and weapons charges with severe mandatory minimum sentences. However, if law enforcement conducted questionable warrantless searches or could have infringed on rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, attorneys may instead recommend advocating on behalf of their clients in court.

Source: The Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville man gets 6 years imprisonment for dealing drugs, Michael Futch, March 4, 2019

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