Anonymous tips can be the undoing of a criminal fugitive. When all other sources of information have dried up, a tip can often lead to a fruitful arrest. A recent arrest in Chandler appears to have been the result of an anonymous tip intended to help police apprehend a man believed to be in possession of a significant quantity of illegal drugs.
The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office had been searching for a fugitive believed to possess a sizeable stash of heroin and methamphetamine. The man was also wanted for possession of the drugs and an earlier parole violation. An anonymous tip led the sheriff’s office to a house on Beachside Drive in Chandler. The man was found hiding in the attic and was arrested on several drug-related charges.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the man was charged with manufacture and delivery of between one and four grams of a controlled substance, a parole violation and possession of dangerous drugs. The sheriff’s deputies who made the arrest allegedly found digital scales and the kind of clear plastic bags used by drug dealers to weigh and package drugs for delivery.
The suspect in this case is facing a number of very serious criminal charges stemming from his earlier criminal activity and from the crimes for which the sheriff’s department was pursuing his apprehension. If convicted on any single charge, the suspect faces a significant period of incarceration and a large fine. Anyone facing similar charges may benefit from consulting an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, identify any useful defense strategies and provide an estimate of the likelihood, if appropriate, of negotiating a favorable plea agreement.