Social media has become frequently used method for drug dealers to arrange potential sales. Using social media in this way is a federal crime, and the charges can be especially serious if one or more minors are involved. A recent arrest in Bend, Oregon, demonstrates several aspects of how social media can be abused in this way.
According to Bend detectives, they identified a man from Bend as someone who was attempting to contact a person whom he believed to be a “14-year-old girl” for the sale of methamphetamine and undefined sexual activity. After a conversation between the two that was “sexual in nature,” they agreed to meet for the drug purchase.
The “girl” was in reality an officer with the Bend police. Police officers assisted in the investigation and with the help of the female police officer, were able to locate the suspect in Bend near the agreed-upon meeting place. When confronted by police officers, the suspect offered no resistance. When searched, he was found to possess user amounts of meth and marijuana. He was taken to the Deschutes County Jail and booked on charges of solicitation, first- and second-degree online sexual corruption of a child, methamphetamine and marijuana delivery to a minor, tampering with evidence and an unspecified parole violation.
The suspect in this case is facing several very serious criminal charges. They are even more serious because of the defendant’s prior criminal record. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney for advice. A knowledgeable lawyer can evaluate the evidence, suggest helpful defense arguments, and, when appropriate, negotiate an acceptable plea agreement with the prosecution.