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Man found with almost 4,000 baggies of drugs sentenced to prison

Jul 29, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The 38-year-old was arrested following an early-morning traffic stop.

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A Pennsylvania man who was found with almost 4,000 baggies of heroin, a small amount of marijuana and cash has reportedly been sentenced to four years in prison.

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FOX 43 reported this week that the man, now 38, was handed the sentence after pleading guilty to a single count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams and more of a substance containing fentanyl.

In July of 2020, the man was already on police radar for a suspended vehicle licence when he was spotted by officers, sparking an investigation that ended with the discovery of a massive haul of heroin, cannabis and cash.

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The find may not have occurred had Fairview Township Police Department officers not recognized the man — reportedly from Philadelphia, a two-hour drive away — and tried to initiate a traffic stop at 4:15 a.m. on July 13, 2020.

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Though the officers temporarily lost sight of the vehicle, a police statement at the time noted they found it in a hotel parking lot, with the driver nowhere to be seen.

What could clearly be seen through the vehicle window, however, was multiple drug paraphernalia items inside.

Officers subsequently located the driver and connected him to a specific hotel room. Executing a search warrant on both the room and the vehicle, officers found approximately 3,800 baggies of heroin, two bags of marijuana and more than $64,000 in cash.

The police reported that the driver was arrested, arraigned and remanded to a local prison in lieu of $967,500 cash bail.

Police image of the drugs and cash seized. /
Police image of the drugs and cash seized. / Photo by Fairview Township Police Department

Citing online court records, York Dispatch reported back in 2020 that the man was charged with one felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to distribute and one misdemeanor count each of possession of drug paraphernalia and cannabis.

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According to FOX 23, the man initially pleaded not guilty in September 2020, but changed to a guilty plea in January 2021. Beyond the prison time, he will be subject to four years of probation after being released.

Recreational cannabis is illegal in Pennsylvania and possessing any amount is a criminal offence, unless a person has a valid medical marijuana identification card, notes the Fishman Firm.

Possessing 30 grams or less is a misdemeanor charge punishable by a $645 fine and up to 30 days in jail, while possessing more than that amount carries a top penalty of a year in jail and a $6,450 fine.

With regards to possessing cannabis paraphernalia, penalties are more severe, starting at up to a year in jail and a $32,250 fine, the law firm reports.

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Just exactly what constitutes paraphernalia is wide-ranging and include anything used “for the purpose of planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packing, repacking, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body.”

As for heroin, the penalties for being convicted of possession with the intent to distribute in the state “are incredibly harsh, even for a first offence,” notes information from Lento Law Firm. Being convicted of the charge for a first offence can result in 15 years of imprisonment and/or a fine of at least $322,500, with any subsequent offences causing “this penalty to double.”

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