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Maryland search warrant results in arrest and seizure

After coming across a stash of controlled substances, deputies from the Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office arrested a 66-year-old-man on April 12 and seized his vehicles and cash. Officers from a local anti-narcotics task force executed a warrant on the Grasonville residence and found more than 100 grams of cocaine, 25 grams of heroin, paraphernalia and nearly $5,700 in cash.

The press release issued by the Sheriff's Office also stated that three vehicles were seized along with pieces of mail addressed to the suspect, who had a history of drugs and firearms possession. The drug charges listed in the arrest report include possession with intent to distribute and possession of paraphernalia.

Search and seizure cases emanating from warrants served in Maryland will often present issues related to the Fourth Amendment, which intends to protect Americans against unreasonable searches. In this particular case, reports indicate that the officers knocked, announced themselves and proceeded to gain entry to the residence through an unlocked door. A seasoned criminal defense attorney would look critically at the facts that resulted in the issuance of the search warrant, which must add up to probable cause.

Drug distribution charges can lead to serious consequences. For this reason, it is crucial to evaluate all circumstances of a case. Being charged with a laundry list of drug offenses does not guarantee that prosecutors will be able to prove guilt. Moreover, the actions of the arresting officers, details of the investigation and motives behind the seizure of cash and vehicles can always be questioned.

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