As prescribers have come under increased scrutiny, the opioid crisis once traced back to the over prescribing prescription pain killers, has shifted to the abuse of illegal drugs such as synthetic heroin and fentanyl. With nearly 1000 deaths related to these drugs reported in Wisconsin in 2017 alone, the state has renewed its efforts to address the problem offering services including an addiction recovery helpline, over a million dollars to support inmates exiting jails, public health alerts to raise awareness, as well as beefed up case management and counseling resources to assist those who are afflicted. Law enforcement is busily trying to push back on the scourge of illegal drugs flooding into the state.
Tracking down would be drug traffickers selling large quantities of synthetic opioids and fentanyl is imposing unprecedented burdens on law enforcement. Big city dealers often enlist the help of local addicts to sell drugs to distance themselves from the sale, resulting in the arrest of Wisconsinites for narcotics charges for drugs that may travel from countries as far away as China and Mexico to just across the border of Canada and neighboring states.
The consequences for those arrested and charged with drug crimes are serious. Possession of a controlled substance is the most commonly charged crime an accounts for roughly 80 percent of arrests, but accusations of drug trafficking (sale and/or distribution, possession with the intent to deliver and manufacturing) often result in significantly harsher punishments and a felony record. Sentencing and penalties imposed depend on the type and amount of the substance involved and can range from over a decade in prison and tens of thousands in fines to a few years and limited fines. It is important to seek the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help mitigate the charges faced.
If you or a family member has been arrested for possession or trafficking of heroine or fentanyl or for any illegal drug possession, or delivery or distribution, or for drug manufacturing, contact an experienced Wisconsin drug crimes criminal defense lawyer Andrew C. Ladd for immediate help as soon as possible at 262-542-3900.