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Traffic stop leads to felony drug charges for 1 in North Carolina

Many individuals may be unaware of their legal rights when it comes to being involved in a traffic stop. A similar situation can be intimidating, and a person may be more willing to consent to the search of a vehicle by feeling as though he or she doesn't retain the right to refuse. A man has been arrested and is facing numerous drug charges after allegedly consenting to a search during a recent traffic stop in North Carolina.

Authorities assert the incident began when they encountered a driver who was exhibiting suspicious behavior on a recent Sunday. After the man allegedly failed to signal a turn while driving below the speed limit, police initiated a traffic stop. While issuing the driver a ticket, they claim he gave consent for them to search the vehicle, which allegedly unearthed an unspecified amount of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a loaded firearm.

After being arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, he was released on bond. However, after authorities discovered he had a previous conviction, a warrant was issued for his arrest for felony possession of a firearm. Upon locating the man, they claim that he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of illegal drugs, and he is now facing multiple felony drug charges.

Individuals who face drug charges may wish to protect themselves against potentially devastating consequences. Since the criminal justice system can be complex, a person in North Carolina who is accused of such crimes could speak with a defense attorney for guidance in making informed decisions. An attorney can evaluate the evidence against a client, along with the search and arrest procedures, and assist in forming a strong defense for use during legal proceedings.

Source: Mooresville, NC Patch, "Traffic Stop In Mooresville Leads To List Of Drug Charges", Kimberly Johnson, March 7, 2018

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