Drug arrests can happen in many ways. A person or group of people may be under investigation for months before police officers make an arrest. In other cases, police may get a tip from an individual who believes there is drug activity going on at their neighbor's house. Sometimes, however, drug charges can come from a completely unrelated accident, as one woman recently found out.
Last Tuesday, Maryland State Police pulled over a driver for speeding. The trooper who stopped them said he noticed multiple things that suggested the driver and the passenger were engaged in some kind of illegal activity, so he called for a K-9 unit. The trooper did not say what was suspicious about the pair.
After the dog signaled that there were drugs present in the vehicle, troopers conducted a search. They found more than three pounds of cocaine in a bag in the back seat along with a minimal amount of marijuana. Now, both the driver and the passenger are facing drug-related charges.
Facing drug charges is a frightening experience. Police can be confrontational with those they suspect of being engaged in criminal activity, and many people don't know how they should behave. When facing criminal charges, however, one of the best ways you can handle yourself is to utilize your right to remain silent. Police can use anything you say against you in court, so it is often best not to say anything at all. Once you are made aware of the charges against you, a criminal defense attorney can help explain what options you have for defending yourself.
Source: Gazette.net, "State police seize more than 3 pounds of cocaine in Frederick traffic stop," Morgan Young, May 9, 2013