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Separate traffic stops lead to drug charges for 2

Facing allegations of a traffic violation can be stressful enough in its own right. However, should officers claim to have probable cause to further investigate, the resulting search may leave an individual facing drug charges if illegal substances are found in the process. Two men have been arrested and accused of drug crimes following separate traffic stops that are said to have taken place on the same day in North Carolina.

Law enforcement officials assert the first incident began when they stopped a vehicle for an unspecified traffic violation. While speaking with the driver, police claim to have initiated a search of the vehicle on grounds of probable cause. During this search, they allegedly unearthed the presence of 260 grams of cocaine, and the man was taken into custody and is now facing multiple charges, including drug trafficking.

Authorities also claim to have attempted to initiate another traffic stop on the same day for an unspecified violation and say the driver began to flee. During the pursuit, the driver allegedly tossed something out a window, which police assert was a container that held cocaine and marijuana. The man was arrested shortly thereafter and is facing numerous charges in relation to the incident.

Individuals who stand accused of drug charges may be uncertain whether it is best to fight the charges or attempt to reach a plea agreement in court. With the complex nature of the criminal justice system, an accused individual could benefit from seeking guidance from a defense attorney. An attorney in North Carolina can evaluate the circumstances a client is facing, along with the procedures used during the search and arrest process, and provide advice on the best course of action with which to proceed.

Source: clintonnc.com, "Two facing felony drug charges in stops," Chris Berendt, Jan. 12, 2018

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