One way that law enforcement officials will attempt to make arrests in drug cases is to compile enough evidence to convince a judge to sign a search warrant for a residence. Once the law enforcement officials have the search warrant in hand, they can wait and attempt to serve the warrant at the best possible opportunity to construct a strong case. That appears to be what occurred in nearby Annapolis, as a tactical narcotics team served a warrant at about 6 pm on September 14, reportedly leading to one arrest and the seizure of multiple guns and various drugs.
According to a recent report, the search warrant was served at the residence of a 38-year-old man. Once the law enforcement officials were inside the residence, they allegedly found four handguns, over $9,000, and illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine, marijuana, hallucinogens and THC extract. The reports indicate that the illegal drugs had an estimated "street value" of nearly $30,000. The suspect is now facing a range of felony drug and weapons charges, and the consequences, upon conviction, could be many years in prison.
This 38-year-old suspect, like many criminal suspects, may be feeling a sense of hopelessness as he considers his criminal defense options. After all, if the law enforcement officials found all of these substances and firearms, there is no hope for a successful defense, right? Wrong.
Suspects may have several criminal defense options in their cases. In planning a defense, it is important to review the validity of the search warrant and the suspect's proximity to the items that were allegedly found. It may also be possible to engage in plea negotiations with the prosecution. If you are facing drug or other criminal charges, it may be in your best interest to speak with an attorney to discuss the best defensive strategy in your case.
Source: foxbaltimore.com, "Drug search warrant leads to major drug arrest in Annapolis," Tiffany Watson, Sept. 21, 2017