Sacramento residents most likely already know that being convicted of drug charges can have serious consequences. Depending on the type of drug and the suspected activity (such as the sale of drugs, the possession of drugs or the trafficking of drugs), it is possible that those accused of drug crimes could face incarceration, fines or both. In one recent incident, Vacaville police have placed three individuals under arrest after police found what they claim to be a large amount of several types of drugs in a Ford Bronco.
The police were initially called concerning a woman the caller said was dancing in a parking lot. The caller believed the woman was high. When police got to the parking lot, they found a woman and two men in a vehicle.
According to police, cocaine was in plain sight in the vehicle. After that, a more thorough search of the vehicle was performed. The search reportedly uncovered other drugs, including 1,000 tablets of ecstasy, also known as "molly" (MDMA), marijuana, butane honey oil, concentrated cannabis and heroin. Police also claim to have uncovered evidence -- heat-sealing equipment -- indicating that the men and the woman played a role in shipping narcotics.
After being placed in handcuffs, one of man tried to escape, but was unable to leave the parking lot. The two men and the woman are now facing several criminal charges, including transporting marijuana for sale, possession of marijuana and methamphetamine for sale and possessing heroin and cocaine. The man who tried to flee officers is also facing charges of attempted escape.
As in any case, where the police perform a search and seizure, it is important that the search and seizure is done within the confines of the law. Police overreach can result in a violation of a person's Constitutional rights.
When it comes to drug charges, if a person believes that a police search and seizure of the alleged drugs was unlawful, he or she may want to consult with an attorney to keep such evidence from being used against them. An attorney can be an asset to ensure one's rights are protected.
Source: FOX 40, "Officers Arrest 3 Suspects in Huge Drug Bust at Vacaville Parking Lot," Katelyn Stark, March 31, 2017