Four Arrested in Drug Bust

Four Arrested in Drug Bust

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May 08, 2018
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Authorities want to keep drugs off the streets, away from children and others in the community. Michigan law enforcement officials have been working hard to keep drugs out of neighborhoods. Investigators have been following up on leads and obtaining search warrants to put drug manufacturers and sellers behind bars. A recent drug bust in Crawford County has led to four arrests.

In February, officers from the Strike Team Investigative Narcotics Group (STING), with assistance from Grayling Public Safety, the Michigan State Police Houghton Lake Post Canine Unit and Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, conducted searches at two homes in Grayling Township. A traffic stop took place as well.

The four suspects were arrested on various drug charges. The prosecutor has charged the suspects with multiple methamphetamine crimes—all felonies—including delivery, conspiracy, possession, possession with intent to deliver and maintaining a drug house. Additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Possible Drug Charge Defenses

Drug crimes are not always cut and dry. There are many elements at play, and the prosecutor needs sufficient evidence for you to be convicted. Your lawyer can help you defend your case. He or she may use one of the following defenses:

  • The drugs do not belong to you. If a police officer finds drugs in your home or vehicle, it cannot be automatically assumed that they belong to you. Perhaps a friend or family member left them in your car. If police have found drugs in your home, it’s possible they could belong to a someone else who lives in your household.
  • Illegal search and seizure. A police officer cannot randomly search your home and charge you with a drug crime. There are proper procedures that must be followed. For starters, law enforcement needs a warrant to search your home unless it is an emergency situation, which generally does not apply to drug crimes.
  • Improper analysis. Just because a substance in a baggie looks like cocaine or heroin does not mean it is. Any substances that are believed to be drugs must go through a thorough analysis in a crime lab. Anything found cannot be used as evidence unless it is certified to be an illegal drug.
  • Entrapment. This is hard to prove, but it does happen. Police officers sometimes act aggressively and pressure a person to admit that they committed a crime. Some officers even go as far as planting drugs in a person’s home or vehicle in an attempt to get them in trouble with the law.

Seek Defense for Your Drug Charge

There are many types of drug charges and most carry serious penalties. You could be charged with a felony and face prison time as well as hefty fines. With a felony on your record, you could also face challenges in your personal life in terms of housing and employment.

If you are facing charges for drug possession, manufacturing or trafficking, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. The drug crime lawyers at Nickola Law can defend you against the charges you face. Schedule a consultation today by calling (810) 767-5420 or visiting our website.

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