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Drug crimes cited in Massachusetts man's arrest

Charges for drug-related criminal offenses tend to have severe consequences in Massachusetts. One man could potentially spend a lifetime behind bars for alleged drug crimes that he took part in. At least one of the six felony charges he faces is related to another man's death.

The 44-year-old man was arrested on four charges in June 2017. He was accused of possessing cocaine and fentanyl and for allegedly taking part in the sale of these illegal drugs. At least one of the drug sales he is accused of taking part in occurred in a Family Dollar parking lot. His arrest came just a day or two after he allegedly sold a man fentanyl, who ingested the drug and died of an overdose. The accused has since been in police custody in lieu of $75,000 bail.

He has already pleaded not guilty to the original four charges, and he will soon be arraigned on two new ones. Of those, one is for selling a drug that contributed to another man's death. These newest charges were accompanied by a motion for him to be held without bail, although it has yet to be approved.

Massachusetts defendants have a lot on the line when facing charges for drug crimes. Convictions for felony drug charges can adversely affect the remainder of someone's life. Aside from lengthy jail time and steep fines, many find that their employment and educational opportunities are severely limited. For some, it could mean a life sentence. While understandably frightening, these potential consequences can usually be minimized when defendants take the time to thoroughly examine all of their charges and related evidence under the guidance of their defense counsel.

Source: unionleader.com, "Mass. man charged for drug sale that caused Pelham fatality", Kimberly Houghton, Nov. 6, 2017

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