There are several types of drug charges that a you may face if you are caught with illegal substances. Even if you are not selling drugs, you may be charged with intent to sell if you have a certain amount of the substance in your possession at the time of the arrest.
Intent to Sell
Selling, or intent to sell, of course, carries a more severe punishment than simple possession for personal use because it implies that you are part of a larger conspiracy that keeps drugs on the street. For many years, the costs incurred by endemic drug use have remained at nearly an unmanageable level for both law enforcement and health officials.
It used to be that a law enforcement official would need to track suspected drug sellers for long periods of time to establish that the individual was indeed engaged in illegal activity. This approach, however, is changing somewhat with the advent of social media. What may seem to be an innocent post on social media platforms, for example, can be used by police officers to track the activity and intent of suspected dealers. In many cases, a seemingly innocuous comment reason could lead to a person’s arrest.
Social Media Call for Help
Consider the case of one small town in which police actually posted a call for information on social media. The police indicated that the force would go after a drug dealer’s competitors if other dealers responded with names of persons of interest. That is to say, if one drug dealer posted the name of a rival dealer to the police department’s Facebook page, the police promised not to go after the poster but only to take out his or her rival—until, of course, another rival posted about the original poster.
Other instances of use of social media by law enforcement to catch illegal activity involve less overt tactics, such as trolling the pages and accounts of suspects to catch posts that lead to his or her whereabouts, or announcing where potential customers could meet him or her to make a deal. There is often a fine line between a sting and entrapment in the investigation of suspected drug dealers. Entrapment refers to the police essentially forcing a person to break the law who would not have otherwise done so. It is imperative to monitor the activity on your own social media pages to avoid being caught up in a drug-related investigation—especially one involving questionable law enforcement tactics.
Contact a Lawyer
If you have been charged with possession of drugs or possession with intent to sell, you need help. Contact an experienced Wheaton criminal defense attorney and let our team protect your rights. Call 630-933-8400 to schedule your free initial consultation today.