In drug cases, searches and seizures can often develop from information found in previous raids. When this happens within a close time frame, however, important legal procedures can be overlooked by law enforcement in the haste to secure arrests. In a recent article, several in Georgia are facing significant drug charges after their involvement in subsequent raids.
The chain of events began on August 25, when LaFayette police conducted a traffic stop at around 10 p.m. This resulted in the arrests of two people, and the seizure of 2 ounces of methamphetamine. Based upon information from the arrest, a subsequent investigation was conducted at a local home, which resulted in an additional seizure of 2 ounces of methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana. In this raid, one additional man was charged with trafficking, and his teenage son was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
With information obtained from this investigation and resulting arrests, agents from the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit Drug Task Force were able to acquire a search warrant for a local business. The resulting bust yielded 1.5 pounds of suspected methamphetamine. Additional follow-up investigations discovered small amounts of meth and another narcotic in the possession of three additional people. The narcotics seized amounted to more than $70,000 in street value.
Because drug charges carry such a stigma, many people seem to forget that the Constitution provides protections for those accused or suspected of a crime. As a result, a person facing criminal charges in Georgia may need to take steps to ensure he or she is treated lawfully throughout criminal proceedings. Experienced defense attorneys are trained to recognize a violation of a person’s rights and to take appropriate action to protect their clients.
Source: m.northwestgeorgianews.com, “Drug bust seizes more than $70,000 worth of narcotics“, Patrick D. Doyle, Aug. 30, 2016