The Dorchester County Narcotics Task Force reportedly took eight people into custody in Cambridge on June 7 while executing a search and seizure warrant at an apartment. The search allegedly uncovered a loaded handgun, drug paraphernalia and sellable quantities of crack cocaine, cocaine and marijuana.
The main target of the investigation, a 43-year-old man, fell from a third-story roof while allegedly attempting to flee. After being treated for injuries at an area hospital, the man was charged with multiple charges of possession with intent to distribute, using a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a regulated firearm after a felony conviction.
The other seven individuals were similarly charged with several counts of possession with intent to distribute, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. Each of the seven individuals was released from jail on a $25,000 bond.
To obtain a search warrant for a building or an apartment, a law enforcement officer must demonstrate to a judge that there is probable cause to believe that illegal activity is being committed at that location. The officer must reasonably suspect that the property to be seized could be destroyed or hidden or that someone's life or safety may be endangered.
Sometimes, the arrest of an individual accused of drug crimes can be challenged on the basis of a faulty search warrant or the lack of a search warrant. A criminal defense attorney handling a drug possession or drug trafficking case may determine whether any challenges can be raised in connection to the search and seizure by examining the details of the accused individual's case. A successful challenge may result in charges being lowered or possibly dropped altogether.
Source: Maryland Newszap, "Warrant leads to eight arrests on drug charges, one suspect fell form roof trying to escape", Logan B. Anderson, June 14, 2013