In a coordinated drug enforcement effort conducted by the Community Response Unit of the Pottstown Police Department, 43 warrants were issued last week to help eliminate street-level drug dealing throughout the borough.
The Montgomery County District Attorney said 22 people were already arrested as of May 8.
The other 21 suspects with warrants were still being sought after.
The litany of criminal and drug charges includes:
- 38 felony narcotic warrants
- two misdemeanor narcotic warrants
- one felony theft warrant
- one hindering apprehension warrant
- one robbery warrant
Already police have confiscated two pounds of marijuana, 89 grams of cocaine and 225 oxycodone pills. The seized narcotics have a street value of an estimated $16,000. Authorities also seized a Hummer H3 sports utility vehicle, along with approximately $11,000 in cash in the drug sweep.
Police and prosecutors routinely charge people with as many serious crimes as they can - often more than the facts allow. Certain drug possession charges can result in strict mandatory minimum sentencing which means they would automatically be sentenced with absolutely no discretion or leniency by a judge.
Many of the 22 apprehended suspects seem to be quite young. Perhaps they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. If this is a first offense for any of the defendants or they are minors or college students, they may qualify for a Section 17 Disposition, which is probation without a verdict. Once they complete their probation, they may be able to have their drug charges dismissed and expunge their criminal record to have a fresh start on their new, lawful life path.
Source: abclocal.go.com, "22 arrested, 21 sought in Montco drug sweep," June 8, 2012