Lawyer: Don't punish client for buying car from drug dealer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A lawyer for a Massachusetts man found with 95 packets of heroin in his car says his client shouldn't be punished for unknowingly buying a vehicle from a drug dealer.
The Republican newspaper reports that a lawyer for Sean Deglis said in court Monday that his client had no idea heroin was stashed in a hidden compartment of the car he bought over the weekend.
Attorney Tony LaCasse says it was unfair to expect Deglis to "hire a drug-sniffing dog to inspect a car before purchasing it."
Prosecutors say narcotics detectives, acting on a tip from a confidential informant, arrested the 29-year-old Southwick man Saturday night.
Deglis pleaded not guilty and was held on $10,000 bail.
Prosecutors say Deglis has a long criminal record, including drug possession convictions.
Vladimir Putin — not THAT Vladimir Putin — nabbed in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Vladimir Putin has been arrested at a Florida supermarket. No, not THAT Vladimir Putin.
Police in West Palm Beach say a 48-year-old man who shares the name of the Russian president was arrested at a Publix supermarket in the city's downtown on Aug. 21. Police say Putin was screaming at employees and refused to leave the store.
Records with the Palm Beach County sheriff's office show he's charged with trespassing and resisting an officer without violence.
Putin appeared in court Monday morning and was released on his own recognizance.
Court records do not list an address for him. Sheriff's Deputy Eric Davis says he didn't know if Putin had a lawyer.