Five Indiana residents were arrested on drug charges in Franklin County on April 18. The busts came after a tip was made to the Franklin County Drug Task Force, which is composed of officers from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department and the Brookville Police Department.
Authorities served a felony arrest warrant on a 28-year-old woman living on the 9000 block of State Road 229. After the suspect was taken into custody, officers found two other women and two men at the residence. They obtained a warrant to search the property and allegedly discovered a substance believed to be heroin, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.
The four other individuals were charged with felony possession of a syringe, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and misdemeanor maintaining a common nuisance. Three of them also face an additional charge of felony possession of a narcotic drug. All five of the arrested suspects were taken to Franklin County Security Center.
People who have been charged with drug crimes may face lengthy periods of incarceration and significant fines if they are convicted. In some cases, they may also lose educational and employment opportunities. However, every defendant has the right to retain a criminal defense attorney once taken into custody. An attorney could carefully examine the facts of the case for information that refutes or casts doubt on the allegations, which could lead to a dismissal of charges. If it is deemed advisable, however, an attorney may with the client’s permission negotiate an agreement that would involve the reduction of charges and penalties in exchange for a defendant’s admission of guilt.
Source: Eagle Country Online, “Five Arrested In Heroin Bust Made In Franklin County,” Ravis Thayer, April 22, 2016