Recently, a Huntington Beach area homeless man was arrested after it was suspected he was selling heroin from the Simi Valley Library, according to a news article at the LA Times. Bradley Bates was arrested on suspicion of narcotics for sale after he allegedly posed as a library patron, selling heroin to his customers both in the parking lot, and inside the library.
In a news release, Simi Valley Police said that a narcotics related felony warrant had been issued for Bates’ arrest previously. Upon being taken into custody by authorities, it was discovered that Bates had more than $1,500 on his person in addition to 6 grams of heroin. Police allegedly witnessed Bates dealing heroin to customers inside the library while he was posing as a patron.
Detectives were investigating complaints of drug sales occurring inside the library when they caught Bates in the act.
In Michigan, heroin possession with intent to deliver is a very serious criminal offense. Those who are found to be in possession of less than 50 grams and who are convicted of selling or distributing the drug will face penalties that include up to 20 years in prison along with fines of as much as $25,000. Larger amounts result in criminal penalties that are even harsher.
Individuals who are under investigation for selling or distributing narcotic drugs must consult with a highly capable Michigan drug crime attorney as soon as possible. It is important that you do not wait until you have been arrested; early action is key in building a solid, effective defense. While preventing a conviction or having charges dismissed is a first priority, there are other legal options which may also be explored in order to obtain the best possible results. A conviction will not only result in harsh penalties, but a permanent criminal record and damage to your career, reputation, and relationships. Those suspected of engaging in criminal activity involving drugs are vigorously prosecuted; you must secure quality legal counsel.