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2 facing heroin trafficking charges

On July 22, North Carolina authorities reported that two men who were facing criminal charges were taken into custody the previous day. They were identified as a 35-year-old man and a 29-year-old man, both from Durham.

The two men were taken into custody at a home that was located in the 1200 block of East Club Boulevard. While the men were being detained, investigators reportedly found about 66 grams of heroin, an unstated amount of marijuana and two semi-automatic handguns that appeared to be stolen.

The 35-year-old man who lived in the home where he was detained was charged with multiple drug offenses, including trafficking heroin, possession of marijuana with intent to sell or distribute, maintaining a home for the purpose of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of a stolen firearm, among others. As a result, he was facing a $5 million bond. The other man was charged with similar offenses but was able to post a $250,000 bond.

The severity of the drug charges, and thus the severity of the penalties, a person will face depends on the type of drug and the amount the person is accused of being in possession of. Additionally, the penalties could be even more severe if a person is accused of possessing a drug with the intention to sell or distribute it. Because the potential penalties can include a prison sentence, major fines and probation, a strong defense against the charges is crucial. A criminal law attorney may review the case to determine whether or not the officer had probable cause to search the location where the drugs were found.

Source: WRAL, "Durham Sheriff's Office seizes heroin, arrest men on drug, stolen firearm charges", Jessica Patrick, July 22, 2017

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