A drug bust in South Carolina resulted in 152 grams of heroin being seized by authorities in Lancaster County. The heroin was valued at up to $45,000, and authorities in the area say that it was the third-largest amount seized in the county's history. Authorities were also able to seize marijuana, cash and scales during a raid of two home. The raid resulted in six people being taken into custody.
Four of the individuals were charged with trafficking heroin while another was charged with trafficking Oxycodone. Furthermore, four of the individuals were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. A 21-year-old woman was one of the individuals who is facing the marijuana charges, and she was found in a car with a child when she was taken into custody. All six were taken to Lancaster County jail and were eventually released on bond.
Those who are charged with crimes such as intent to distribute a controlled substance may face serious consequences if convicted. They could face many years or decades in prison, pay a fine or spend time on probation. However, there are some tactics that a defense attorney will consider. For example, it may be possible to negotiate a plea deal that results in either no jail time or a suspended sentence.
Plea deals are relatively common in criminal matters, and they may be available to anyone regardless of the charge that they face. In many cases, the terms of the deal depend on the charge, a person's criminal record and the evidence in a given case. However, if a defendant wants to go to trial, an attorney may cast doubt on evidence or hire expert witnesses in an effort to obtain an acquittal.
Source: Herald Online, "$45,000 worth of heroin seized, 6 charged in Lancaster County drug bust, cops say", Andrew Dys, May 7, 2019