A 47-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted on drug charges by a U.S. District court judge in Maryland. The judge used the three strikes sentencing guidelines to determine the severity of the sentence. The defendant had been convicted on similar drug charges two times in the past before the current drug charges were brought against him.
The defendant was found guilty of heroin possession as well as conspiracy and intent to distribute heroin. He was also accused of being the leader of a group that distributed drugs across state lines from Baltimore to New York over a 30-month period. The jury in the case found the defendant guilty after hearing 14 days of testimony.
Two other defendants were also found guilty on related charges. They were accused of participating in an operation that took drugs from Baltimore to New York and then transported the cash from the drug sales back to Baltimore. A 61-year-old Baltimore man was sentenced to 10 years and 1 month in prison after he pled guilty to conspiracy charges. A 43-year-old New York man was found guilty on similar charges and sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison.
Individuals who have been charged with a drug-related criminal offense are often overwhelmed by the prospect of defending themselves against the accusations of the prosecution in a court of law. Attorneys working in the area of criminal law help their clients to navigate the legal system by working to keep improperly collected evidence from being presented to the jury and negotiating for the reduction or dismissal of charges.
Source: ABC 2, "Baltimore heroin dealer sentenced to life in prison ", August 27, 2013