At a California Chuck E. Cheese, two men, aged 27 and 28, were detained on allegations of consuming heroin on July 8. A customer at the family-oriented pizzeria allegedly contacted police to report that the pair had been using drugs in the restroom. Police claim that they found the men in the same stall in the bathroom; a lieutenant with the Costa Mesa Police reported that the two men had been seen "in the process of smoking heroin."
Another officer with the Costa Mesa Police stated that the two had arranged to meet with a dealer at the establishment. Police reportedly confiscated a small amount of heroin as well as drug paraphernalia from the men.
The 28-year-old man received a felony charge for possession of a controlled substance along with a pair of misdemeanor charges for being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted bail of $20,000 and was released on July 10 after a brief stay in Orange County jail. His 27-year-old cohort was charged with misdemeanor under the influence and was not taken into custody.
Individuals accused of drug crimes in California may wish to retain counsel in order to mount a defense on their behalf. California law provides for significant penalties for felony possession of a controlled substance convictions. Those sanctions might include fines, and extended periods of mandatory incarceration under certain circumstances. If the evidence in a given case makes an acquittal unlikely, a criminal defense attorney could be able to arrange for a plea bargain to minimize the penalties that a defendant faces.
Source: The Huffington Post, "2 Men Suspected Of Smoking Heroin In Chuck E. Cheese Restroom", David Moye, July 14, 2014