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California man sentenced for selling drugs out of home

On Jan. 3, a California judge sentenced a man to two years in state prison for selling drugs out of his home in Temecula. The 31-year-old defendant had pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges in December.

According to the Riverside County Sheriff's Office, narcotics investigators received a tip that the defendant was selling drugs at his residence, which is located on the 42000 block of Kaffirboom Court. In response, investigators began conducting surveillance of the property and witnessed a second defendant, identified as a 49-year-old male, enter and exit the residence on May 4, 2018. After he drove away, authorities executed a traffic stop and searched his vehicle, uncovering an undisclosed amount of cocaine.

As a result of the traffic stop, investigators obtained a search warrant for the home. During the ensuing search, law enforcement officers reportedly seized more drugs. The younger defendant was arrested and charged with maintaining a location for the sale of controlled substances and possession of illegal drugs for sale, both of which he pleaded guilty to. The 49-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance in September. He was sentenced to three years of felony probation. Both defendants have a prior history of drug-related arrests.

Defendants charged with drug crimes could face lengthy prison terms and steep fines if they are convicted. This is particularly true for repeat offenders. However, by retaining the representation of a criminal defense attorney, defendants may be able to fight the charges and protect their future. An attorney could develop a defense based on the circumstances surrounding the case and push to get the charges dismissed. Legal counsel could also negotiate a plea deal that reduces the penalties.

Source: Murrieta Patch, "SWR Man Who Dealt Cocaine From Home Sentenced", Jan. 4, 2019

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