Being charged with drug use or trafficking is serious; it can impact your home, social, or work life in an instant. Drug offenses stay on your record and can make it difficult to find work, and it can bring shame on a family. If you’ve been charged with drug crimes you didn’t commit, it’s important to seek your legal options. You may be able to take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from the humiliation of this kind of crime.

In Baton Rouge, a recent drug bust resulted in two men getting arrested at their residence on Julia Street. According to the news, a 59-year-old man who was formerly a Texas sheriff’s deputy and a 23-year-old murder suspect were arrested because of an observation of the home that seemed to point to drug trafficking. The authorities claim that they got a search warrant on Jan. 17 to enter the home and did so at around 8:30 in the morning.

Reports claim that there were a number of drugs and items found in the home. The men were arrested when powder cocaine, a number of crack pipes, three digital scales, nine bags of marijuana, and a semi-automatic firearm and ammunition were located in the home, according to police reports. The news reports that the 59-year-old allegedly told police he was a middleman for the drug dealing operation. The 23-year-old was allegedly out on bail for a second-degree murder charge.

Sometimes, you could just be at the wrong place at the wrong time. If police have charged you with drug possession or other crimes that you haven’t committed, you should be heard without bias. Speaking with an attorney may help you create a strong defense.

Source: Nola, “Drug bust in Baton Rouge nabs former Texas deputy, current murder suspect” Emily Lane, Jan. 23, 2014