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Maryland police arrest 4 after searches

Four men were taken into custody on Sept. 27 after drugs, weapons and stolen property were uncovered during the search of several Pocomoke City residences. The Worcester County Sheriff's Office said in a press release that the search and seizure actions were taken following a three-month investigation into cocaine distribution in the area. While initial reports contain information regarding the items and substances recovered during the operation, they contain no details about what prompted police to search the addresses in question or believe that the men taken into custody were selling drugs.

The WCSO was assisted in its investigation by several area and federal law enforcement agencies including the Ocean City Police Department, the Maryland State Police and the Department of Homeland Security. Officers, deputies and agents conducting the searches were met at one of the locations involved by members of the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation who were at the home in connection with an unrelated burglary and theft case.

During the search and seizure operation, law enforcement say that they recovered approximately 30 grams of marijuana, 36 grams of cocaine, one gram of MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, approximately $1,400 in currency and two loaded firearms. The men taken into custody are facing a raft of charges including drug possession, drug possession with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during drug trafficking.

Criminal defense attorneys will often review the language of a search warrant to see if its scope was exceeded by the authorities. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects against unreasonable searches and seizures and places strict limits on the police, and defense attorneys may seek to have any evidence uncovered ruled inadmissible and drug charges dismissed when these rights may have been violated.

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