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Drug trafficking charge filed against Iredell County couple

A husband and wife living in Iredell County are now facing criminal allegations of drug possession and drug trafficking. Iredell County police arrested the couple in late February after police searched their residence. The drug charges they are facing are serious felonies under North Carolina law.

The Iredell County Sheriff's Office claims to have been investigating cocaine and marijuana distribution throughout the county when evidence appeared leading officers to the couple's home in Statesville. The nature of that supposed evidence was not made clear in a local news report. In other words, it remains to be seen whether law enforcement actually had the right to search the residence.

The police claim that a search of the home turned up about $76,600 worth of drugs, including 260 grams of powder and crack cocaine. Police also say they found about 115 grams of packaged marijuana (about four ounces).

The husband and wife, ages 44 and 49 respectively, were subsequently charged with trafficking in cocaine and possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and deliver. As the drugs were purportedly found inside their residence, police also charged them with felony maintaining a dwelling for drugs. The 49-year-old wife's bond was set at $300,000, while the bond amount of the 44-year-old husband was set at $50,000.

Due to the severe penalties that a drug trafficking conviction can carry, anyone accused of such a crime will want to do what they can to ensure that the rights of the accused are protected in court. North Carolina residents don't have to wait to be charged with a crime before seeking legal advice. If anyone even suspects that state or federal authorities are trying to gather evidence with a view toward conviction, then a meaningful strategy may be necessary to defend against criminal charges.

Source: Charlotte Observer, "Couple arrested; $76k in drugs seized," Meghan Cooke, Feb. 29, 2012

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