An article published in North Carolina’s Davidson County Dispatch on May 14, 2009 reports that a Maryland man and a South Carolina woman were taken into custody by North Carolina authorities recently on drug trafficking charges. Each is being held in the Davidson County, North Carolina jail on $1 million bonds for allegedly trafficking drugs on Interstate 85. The drug trafficking arrests were made when a Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy pulled over a Honda Accord with Maryland license plates near mile marker 100 on Interstate 85 for following another vehicle too closely.
A K-9 drug sniffing dog scanned the Accord and alerted the deputy to the presence of drugs. The deputy then conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle. In the process of searching the vehicle, the deputy found 10 pounds of marijuana in the trunk. The woman of Rock Hill, SC was driving the Accord when the arrest was made, and she faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, one count of maintaining a vehicle for trafficking marijuana and two counts of trafficking marijuana.
The 23-year-old passenger in the Accord of Mechanicsville, MD faces charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of trafficking marijuana.
If convicted on all drug possession and drug trafficking charges, the couple could face harsh criminal penalties, including:
- Years, or even decades, in prison
- Steep fines
- Confiscation of any personal property used to commit the alleged crimes or bought with the proceeds of committing the alleged drug crimes
- A permanent mark on their record
- The inability to obtain certain types of employment
- And other severe criminal drug trafficking penalties
The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable search and seizure and unwarranted intrusion into their private lives. Regardless of the type or amount of drugs that were seized in a search, the process of gathering information must be legal and conducted in accordance with the law. If a search and seizure is not conducted in accordance with the law, an experienced MD drug crimes lawyer may be able to have the charges reduced to lesser charges or dismissed entirely.
If you or someone you care for has been charged with drug trafficking or another type of drug crime in Maryland, contact the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC for a free case evaluation today. Our experienced Maryland drug crimes lawyers stand ready to protect your rights and fight the charges against you. Call 866-444-63636 to schedule a free consultation today.