Worcester Superior Court
Client a 22 year old Fitchburg, MA woman was charged with trafficking in cocaine 28-100 grams, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of marijuana. Client was arrested after the police executed a search warrant at a residence where she was present. During the execution of the warrant the police discovered approximately 64 grams of crack cocaine and powder cocaine packaged in individually wrapped bags, along with a small amount of heroin packaged in individually wrapped bags all sealed in a large bag and well hidden behind a shower wall hanging from the shower head. Police also discovered bottles of Inositol, which are used as cutting agents and baggies, which are used for packaging. At trial the only admissible evidence linking the client to the apartment was that her name was on the mailbox, she was observed through surveillance coming and going from the apartment earlier in the day and she was present when the warrant was executed. Three other co-defendants were also charged. At the time of trial two of the co-defendants had fled back to the Dominican Republic. The client faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 5 years in state prison.
Attorney Riddle tried the case jury waived and argued during closing that there was not enough evidence for the government to sustain there burden of proof that the client had knowledge of the drugs hidden behind the wall, that she possessed the drugs or that she had the intention to distribute the drugs. Client was found Not Guilty. Attorney Riddle represented this same client in a similar case earlier this year in Worcester Superior Court where she was facing a 7.5 year minimum mandatory sentence and she was also found Not Guilty on that matter.
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