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Don't compound your problems during a drug arrest

The "Darknet" has a reputation for being a safe way to secure virtually anything -- especially illegal drugs -- from the overseas market.

Once a relatively unknown topic, you can now find your way onto an underground internet site pretty easily. All it takes is a little bit of a search and the capacity to follow directions.

It's a little bit harder to actually get the drugs you buy through underground websites sources delivered, however, without getting caught.

That is the lesson that a young Harris County man learned a little late when he was arrested after he picked up over 100 grams of fentanyl that he'd had delivered to a post office box.

The manager at the post office said that the young man received packages there often -- a fact that probably alerted authorities and made them suspicious of what exactly he was receiving in such regular shipments.

Adding to the drama of the arrest, the 21-year-old man fled, leading federal agents on a chase. When he was finally caught, he was charged with both evading arrest and the intent to distribute.

In many cases, drug charges increase in severity according to the quantity of drugs found in someone's possession, along with the type of drugs that are found. Fentanyl is considered a Schedule I drug, which means that the most severe charges are attached. Having more than a small amount in your possession almost automatically equates to an intent to distribute charge -- given that most people don't keep large quantities on hand strictly for their personal use.

In addition to the fentanyl, the young man admitted to having both methamphetamine and heroin at his home -- a fact that is likely to bring more charges.

One of the first things that an attorney who handles drug cases will tell you is that admitting to the possession of drugs is going to make an already bad situation worse -- everything that you say to the police can be used against you and can increase the charges you face. If you freely admit to the possession, you are giving your attorney very little to room to work a defense.

Should you find yourself in a situation where you've made an obvious mistake, don't compound it -- stay cooperative but otherwise silent with authorities and speak with an attorney with experience in drug charges immediately.

Source: Click2Houston.com, "Man arrested, charged after picking up over 100 grams of fentanyl from post office, authorities say," Sofia Ojeda, June 06, 2017

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