It's been nearly two years since a North Carolina business owner was first pulled over by a state police officer who seized several thousands of dollars in cash that the man had in his possession. A subsequent traffic stop resulted in several more thousands of dollars in business-related proceeds being seized for a total loss of $130,000. Despite the fact that the man was never charged with any crime, the police officer was able to seize the assets under a program known as equitable sharing.
An arrest for misdemeanor or felony drug charges may result from a number of circumstances and scenarios. Penalties associated with a drug conviction can amount to thousands of dollars in fines and years in prison. All drug convictions result in an individual having a criminal record and should therefore be taken seriously. North Carolina residents who are facing drug charges would be wise to exercise their right to remain silent and contact a criminal defense attorney.
When making traffic stops, police officers must follow and abide by certain procedural rules and laws. These laws exist to prevent officers from making indiscriminate and at-will traffic stops and help ensure that an individual's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated.
U.S. and North Carolina drug laws provide stiff penalties for individuals found to be in possession of or distributing illegal drugs. For individuals who are found to be in possession of illegal or prescription drugs and/or large amounts of cash, it’s likely that he or she will also face criminal drug trafficking charges.
Every day when North Carolina residents open the newspaper or turn on the T.V., there are stories about teens, men and women who have been sentenced to prison for drug-related crimes. According to the nonprofit Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the vast majority of individuals who are charged and subsequently convicted of drug crimes are non-violent offenders many of whom have no prior criminal record. Yet, in North Carolina and other states, a conviction of distributing or possessing a drug such as marijuana, cocaine or ecstasy means an individual is subject to mandatory drug sentencing laws and may spend years in prison.
A man was recently arrested in Lenoir under suspicion of trafficking drugs. The man was arrested in North Carolina after a routine traffic stop and a search of his vehicle. He faces two different felony drug charges for allegedly attempting to transport methamphetamine across the state.
Five people, four of whom have been arrested, face charges relating to a recent drug bust in Yadkin County. The police suspect that the accused individuals brought marijuana, cocaine and prescription medication into North Carolina from another state. They face various drug charges stemming from the alleged drug bust.
Two Moore County residents were arrested recently, stemming from a search of their home. The investigating North Carolina police officers claim that the two were operating a methamphetamine laboratory out of their residence. Both individuals face multiple drug charges relating to the alleged meth manufacturing accusations.
A woman from Boone was recently arrested after what police are calling a standoff. Reportedly, North Carolina police initially attempted to arrest the woman for drug charges pertaining to methamphetamine as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Now, she will likely face additional charges for allegedly evading arrest.
After police responded to a tip from a local Mooresville business, a man was arrested under suspicion of illegal drug activity. North Carolina police suspect that the man was gathering materials and substances in order to make methamphetamine. The 31-year-old faces drug charges regarding these allegations.