Concerns about a drug presence in the community leads law enforcement officials to go to greater and greater lengths to track down the sources of these controlled substances. Searches and raids are carried out and K-9 officers are also enlisted to help in order to crack down on drug crime. Such was the situation in California when a man was arrested one afternoon on suspicion of drug intoxication.
The 41-year-old was leaving an adult book store late one afternoon when he was accosted by police. He was taken into custody. His vehicle was searched with the aid of a K-9 unit. The investigation is alleged to have turned up a duffel bag, which is said to have contained drug paraphernalia and more than 5 ounces of methamphetamine.
The accused faces charges of committing a crime while on bail, possessing drugs for sale and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence. If he is unable to prove his innocence, he could face jail time, not to mention fines and the damage to his reputation. Even if he avoids conviction, these charges could still count against him, affecting his employment prospects.
The important thing to remember during a criminal investigation is to remain calm. Although it is distressing to be accused of a crime, reacting maturely may stand you in better stead with law enforcement officials. It will also allow you to pay close attention to their procedure and identify if they make any mistakes that might invalidate their case against you.
California's K-9 units will make it harder for drugs to be concealed, potentially leading to more drug arrests in the future. If you are facing drug charges, don't panic just yet. With the right support and guidance, you may be able to pursue a reduced sentence or even prove your innocence. An attorney can be very valuable in helping you to plan your next steps.
Source: The Examiner, "Crime dog Ajax helps make drug arrest in San Mateo ," Rob Nagle, May 19, 2014