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Man facing drug charges involving heroin found guilty in Florida

One man in Florida was recently convicted on drug charges after already being accused of committing murder. The drug charges on which he was convicted stemmed from a couple of drug crimes involving heroin. In fact, the man is known as a heroin kingpin in the local area.

Police said they searched the home of the man, 51, in the summer of 2014; there, officials reportedly seized nearly 80 grams of heroin that carried a value of $45,000. Police also allegedly found an automatic machine gun, an assault rifle and cash totaling $10,000. The heroin bust at that time was considered the largest one to have taken place in the county in the past decade. The man was convicted of heroin trafficking, resisting a police officer violently and conspiring to possess the drug. The charge of trafficking carries a mandatory sentence of at least 25 years behind prison bars along with a $500,000.

The man was accused of murdering a man in early 2014 after the alleged victim was discovered unconscious in his house by police. An autopsy showed that the man died of heroin intoxication. In Florida, anybody who causes the death of another person by giving that person a drug may face a charge of murder in the first degree.

A person facing drug charges in Florida is always presumed innocent unless and until his or her guilt is proved in court. The charges have to be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Failing that, no conviction is possible. Anybody facing criminal charges is entitled to the same legal protections guaranteed by the Florida and U.S. Constitutions.

Source: pnj.com, "Local 'heroin kingpin' convicted on drug charges", Kevin Robinson, Sept. 14, 2015

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