A 52-year-old Bristol Township man was taken into police custody on March 18 after law enforcement officials say they found drugs and drug-related paraphernalia in his home. The man was placed in the Bucks County Correctional Facility following his arraignment.

According to the report, the Bucks County Detectives Drug Strike Force had been investigating the man on suspicion that he was selling large amounts of methamphetamine out of his Bristol-Emilie Road home. After executing a search warrant, armed law enforcement officials in tactical gear raided the men’s home. Investigators say they discovered meth, bags of various sizes, owe sheets, digital scales and other things that could be used to package and sell drugs. They also claim that the man had a bulletproof vest, a shotgun with a shortened barrel and other loaded firearms in his home.

During the raid, the suspect told law enforcement officers that the large supply of drugs was bought for his girlfriend who was addicted to them. Detectives also reportedly found fentanyl and heroin in syringes ready to be used as well as used bags of fentanyl and heroin.

The suspect faces drug charges including possession of drug paraphernalia and delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver. At the time of reporting, an on-call district judge sent the man back to the correctional facility to be held in place of 10% of $50,000 bail.

Because drug offenses are serious and could result in penalties such as incarceration and heavy fines, it may be a good idea for those facing drug charges to speak with a criminal defense attorney about building an effective defense strategy. For example, a judge might drop the charges if evidence exists that shows a defendant’s rights were infringed upon when law enforcement officials responded and evaluated the incident.