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Fire fighter faces federal drug charge 4 years before retirement

Any Oregon resident who is accused of criminal activity will recognize the need for skilled legal counsel to navigate the defense. A fire fighter in another state stands to lose a lot if he is convicted of the federal drug charge he is facing. He is already losing money because he was suspended from work with no pay. If he is convicted, he will lose his pension even though he is within four years of eligibility for retirement. The issues concerning his employment income are apart from the significant consequences he would also face should prosecutors ultimately secure a criminal conviction against him.

Although the investigation against the accused man started in 2011, it was an incident that took place in Oct. 2013 that ultimately led to the man's arrest and arraignment. An undercover agent and an informer allegedly met with the accused and an accomplice at which time heroin was purchased from the fire fighter by the undercover agent for $7,500. The vehicle of the alleged drug dealer was followed by a state trooper who pulled the car over for a claimed traffic offense.

After reportedly giving conflicting answers to questions about their activities earlier that day, the accomplice purportedly said they had $1,000 in the car. He is said to have handed over a bag that contained $44,000, and a vehicle search allegedly yielded three mobile phones. Troopers with the Massachusetts State Police say they seized the money and let the suspects go because the investigation was still incomplete at that time.

Officers of the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested the 50-year-old fire fighter on May 2 on federal heroin distribution charges. The potential prison sentences, fines and other penalties for crimes charged in federal court are often more severe than those in state court. For this reason, any person facing a federal drug charge in Oregon may find the support and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows the federal system invaluable.

Source: nj.com, "Jersey City firefighter could face up to 20 years on federal drug charges", Michaelangelo Conte, May 13, 2016

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