Upon obtaining and executing a warrant, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Department searched a Port St. Lucie home and discovered approximately nine grams of a substance believed to be heroin, ammunition, less than 20 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Deputies reportedly received complaints from other residents in the neighborhood about people coming to and going from the home. That’s when they began making secret purchases of heroin at the location. Pursuant to the search warrant, a 58-year-old man and a 39-year-old man were both arrested. The second man was found sprawled out on the floor of the home, apparently under the influence of heroin.
The resident of the home was charged with possession of heroin with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver, possession of more than 10 grams of heroin, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man who was found on the floor of the home was charged with possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Ken Mascara said that the raid took place at the home of a “known heroin dealer.” Neighbors were pleased that the raid took place. The resident of the home was held on a bail amount of $76,500. The bail for the man who was found on the floor was set at $15,750.
As per Port Saint Lucie Criminal Defense Lawyer Jonathan Jay Kirschner, under Florida law, heroin is classified as a Schedule One drug. It has a high potential for abuse and addiction, and it has no redeeming medical value. As per Port St. Lucie criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Jay Kirschner, possession of more than four grams of heroin in Florida is a second-degree felony that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison with a fine of up to $15,000.
There are several viable defenses to the offense of possession of heroin with the intent to sell, manufacture or deliver it. If you’ve been charged with the offense, you’ll want to speak with Port Saint Lucie criminal defense lawyer Jonathan Jay Kirchner as soon as possible after being charged. He has been board certified as a criminal trial lawyer by the Florida Supreme Court since 1994, and he has extensive experience defending drug cases. Don’t give police any kind of a statement or confession. Contact Jonathan Jay Kirschner at 772-489-8501 right away after any arrest.