Recently, a 24-year-old woman was shot in her apartment in what was reportedly an attempted home invasion. According to CBS Boston, Jeanette Hardy was shot on June 22; she was treated for injuries that were said not to be life threatening.
When police arrived at the scene, they discovered almost 2,000 grams of heroin in Hardy’s apartment. This discovery led to an investigation involving numerous law enforcement agencies. Over a four-day time period, authorities seized 22 kilograms of heroin and Fentanyl, said to have a street value of more than $2 million.
Three people were arrested; police also seized $226,000 in cash, two vehicles, and four handguns. A manufacturing plant located underground at a home in Lawrence, Mass was also discovered during the investigation. Those involved in the investigation included Manchester, NH police, Massachusetts State Police, and the New England Division of the DEA.
Hardy and two men were arrested for their involvement in the drug operation. Hardy was charged with possession with intent to distribute. The two other men also face drug charges, although those charges were not revealed in news reports. The men are 37-year-old Jose C. Casellas of Lawrence, Mass. and 33-year-old Luis Nieves of Haverhill, Mass.
Michigan drug crime attorneys know that possession of illegal drugs such as heroin with the intent to sell or distribute those drugs is extremely serious. Individuals who are convicted of possession with intent to distribute face life-changing criminal penalties, including substantial fines and prison time. In some cases, a person may face life in prison depending on the type/amount of drug involved and other factors.
When facing serious criminal charges, it is imperative to work with a seasoned defense attorney who will review your case, determine if your rights may have been violated or if police may have failed to follow proper protocol, and work with you to explore all potential legal options. It may be possible to prevent filing of charges, or to have charges dismissed or reduced depending on the situation. Consult with a highly skilled Michigan drug crime defense lawyer at once if you are under investigation or have been arrested.