In Atlanta and across Georgia, there is a perception that people who are accused of selling drugs are doing so in person and using conventional methods to contact potential customers. This might be true for street drugs like cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine as well as for prescription drugs like fentanyl and other opioids. However, there are other ways in which drugs can be sold and some people might find themselves facing drug charges for allegedly selling on the internet. The penalties for a conviction can be severe regardless of how the drugs are sold and distributed, so it is imperative to have legal advice immediately after being taken into custody.
Man arrested for illegal prescription drug sales
A 22-year-old man who once worked as a pharmacy technician is facing several drug charges after he was arrested for using a pseudonym to sell illegal prescription drugs on the internet in an area known as the “darknet.” He is said to have sold opioid painkillers and other strong, prescription narcotics.
During their investigation, law enforcement stated that they made purchases from him. He was accused of having dropped packages off for shipment at his local post office. One package they intercepted was the painkiller Tramadol. In the garbage at his residence, they found empty boxes of Xanax and oxycodone. He has other charges pending in Forsyth County for terroristic threats.
A conviction for drug charges can result in serious penalties
Allegations of being involved with the sale of illegal drugs can result in harsh penalties. Law enforcement and prosecutors will do whatever they can to convict those who are accused of having sold scheduled drugs of any kind whether they are illicit street drugs or prescription drugs. There can be an extended jail sentence, fines and immense challenges even after having completed the sentence as it will be a negative on the person’s record.
Having legal assistance is key to craft a strong defense
Although these charges are intimidating, it does not automatically mean there will be a conviction. The evidence that was accrued as part of the investigation could be faulty and the tenets of the case could be called into question. Depending on the circumstances, a plea option may be available. Or the person who is accused could have a reasonable chance of getting an acquittal. The circumstances must be scrutinized in its entirety. For assistance, the first step is to consult with an experienced legal professional who understands drug charges to begin the process of crafting a defense.