A North Carolina man was handed drug charges after police launched an investigation into three overdose incidents that occurred on Jan. 31. The Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team located the 34-year-old man after learning that the three individuals who overdosed may have obtained heroin from his address. All of the overdose incidents took place in Alamance County within an hour of each other.
The Special Operations Unit, the Special Response Team and Animal Control assisted the Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team in its search for the accused man. When the man was located in Mebane, officials say that he was in possession of 3 grams of heroin and various items believed to be different types of drug paraphernalia.
The man was taken into police custody and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to sell and deliver heroin. The investigation was not immediately concluded, and officials say that further information could lead to more drug charges. In a press release about the incident, the Alamance Narcotics Enforcement Team wrote that community involvement is important for these kinds of investigations.
A person who has been charged with drug crimes after this kind of investigation may argue that the investigation was conducted unlawfully. An attorney may be able to help a defendant in this situation to prove that investigators did not present a valid search warrant before entering the defendant’s residence. If the resulting evidence was obtained in contravention of the defendant’s Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful searches and seizures, it may not be admissible in court.
Source: WNCN, “NC drug dealer nabbed after 3 heroin overdoes in hours, officials say,” Feb. 1, 2017