Recently, a Danielson, CT man was arrested on numerous drug charges following an investigation that stemmed from a leather jacket found on a bar stool at The Sports Page in November of last year. According to news reports, a routine bar check was being conducted by troopers from the Quality of Life Task Force of Connecticut State Police’s Troop D when the jacket was discovered. In it was 20 grams of crack cocaine prepackaged for sale according to police.
The discovery of the unclaimed leather jacket led to an investigation and subsequent application for an arrest warrant. The warrant was executed earlier this week; the suspect, Jude Abellard, was found at his apartment along with a substantial amount of drugs, cash, and drug paraphernalia. Troopers discovered a digital scale, packaging materials, $576 in cash, and 72 baggies of crack cocaine prepackaged for sale. News reports indicate the 42 grams of crack cocaine has an approximate street value of $4,200.
Abellard is now charged with one count of intent to sell crack cocaine, two counts of possession of crack cocaine, and operating a drug factory. As of last reports, the suspect was being held on $125,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on February 9.
Abellard was arrested on heroin charges in September of 2014, charged with possession and possession with intent to sell after police discovered about 260 bags of heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Selling narcotic drugs is extremely serious, particularly when coupled with charges of operating a drug factory. When an individual has a prior drug conviction, the punishment he or she will face if found guilty of the current charges will likely be even more harsh.
In the state of Michigan, possession of crack cocaine in an amount less than 50 grams may result in up to four years in prison, a $25,000 fine, or both. However, when police and prosecutors are able to increase the charge from possession to possession with intent to deliver or distribute, the consequences are far more serious in terms of prison time, as less than 50 grams may result in up to 20 years behind bars.
Penalties differ in every state, however the punishment for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute is always serious, even life-changing. Loss of freedom, a criminal record, ruin of the defendant’s reputation and career – certain drug crimes can literally ruin a person’s life if convicted.
Illegal search and seizure, violation of a person’s legal rights – there are many factors that could result in certain evidence being inadmissible in court. Police make mistakes, which often works to the defendant’s advantage. Regardless of the seriousness of the crime a person has been accused of, it is essential to work with a seasoned Michigan drug crimes attorney who is focused on getting the best possible result, and not afraid to fight for your freedom.