In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, just about anyone who is affiliated with the Democratic Party knows Edgar “Sonny” Campbell. He is the head of the United Ward Leaders of Color. His father, Edgar Campbell, Sr., was Philadelphia’s Democratic Committee’s first African American leader.

The family is close to Robert Brady, who is the Philadelphia Democratic Party Chairman and parts of the city are represented by him in the U.S. House. When asked about the son of Sonny Campbell being arrested, he said, “I can’t talk about that. It’s a court case.”

The 38-year-old son of the powerful figure was arrested on March 12 on drug charges. The man was reportedly the focus of a three-month long narcotics investigation, according to a spokeswoman for the Philadelphia police.

Police allegedly found 230 grams of cocaine in the man’s home, as well as marijuana, $2,430 and a loaded handgun. The cocaine has an estimated street value of about $23,000. He is facing three counts of selling cocaine out of his home.

At last report, he was still being held after not posting bail. His father could not be reached for comment.

Drug charges can have a serious effect on your life, even if you aren’t convicted. In many instances, you may not be able to keep your current job. You may not be able to rent an apartment. If involved in a child custody dispute, the judge may rule against you. For these and other reasons, it’s vital that you fight drug charges. A strong defense will be necessary and you want an attorney who will be an advocate for you in the courtroom.

Source: Philly.com, “Scion of powerful Democratic family charged in drug probe,” Chris Palmer and Chris Brennan, March 15, 2016