A Milwaukee couple is facing felony drug charges after police allegedly found narcotics in their home during the execution of a search warrant. Police reportedly discovered hypodermic needles containing an unknown liquid, a metal cooker, and a .25 caliber handgun. They also claim to have found $224 in cash underneath a mattress, a bag containing five Suboxone pills, a bag of heroin, three glass crack cocaine pipes and a bottle of Dormin sleeping pills. According to police, Dormin is commonly used as a cutting agent to increase the weight of heroin prior to selling it.
When police questioned the couple, they reportedly said that they are both addicted to heroin and that the drugs were theirs. The man said that they sell one or two grams of heroin a day to support their habit. They have been charged with two drug charges, one count of keeping a drug house and one count of possession of narcotic drugs. One of the pair was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
If they are convicted, the woman may be sentenced to seven years in prison, $20,000 in fines, or both. The man might be sentenced up to 17 years in prison, $45,000 in fines or both. The man is being held in jail, but the woman has been released.
This couple may be facing long jail sentences and steep fines if they are convicted of the charges against them. The man has a prior felony which may influence the outcome of his trial. He has also seems to have made some incriminating comments to police, according to this story. His comments may affect the outcome, as well. A criminal defense attorney might be able to assist the couple when they go to court. An attorney might be able to negotiate with the prosecution for lesser charges or a reduced sentence, particularly if the man's comments were given prior to informing him of his rights.
Source: Oak Creek Patch, "Oak Creek Police Bust Milwaukee Drug House", Adam W. McCoy, June 07, 2013