Criminal charges can stem from a wide array of situations. For example, an unsuspecting employee could be subject to a search. Whether the search was random or based on suspicions, this search could result in the discovery of something, such as drugs, that could result in criminal charges. When an individual is accused of drug crimes, it is important to fully understand the situation and what processes were followed to result in these charges. This information could help the accused with his or her defense.
Based on recent reports, an Angola employee was arrested for drug charges following a search of her vehicle that uncovered various illegal drugs inside of it. This search occurred during a shakedown at the 5pm shift change at the prison. During that, this female correctional officer’s vehicle was searched. This search resulted in her arrest.
The 40-year-old was charged with three counts of distribution of schedule 1 narcotics, one count of distribution of a schedule 2 narcotic, possession with intent to distribute a schedule 2 narcotic and one count for introduction of contraband into a penal institution. The charges followed the discovery of 14 grams of heroin, one ounce of heroin powder, 4 ounces of methamphetamine, 11.8 ounces of marijuana, 3.4 ounces of synthetic marijuana and a digital scale. According to investigators, these drugs were packaged inside of coffee bags and gift-wrapped.
It is the right of any defendant to assert a criminal defense; however, this process can be overwhelming and complex. Thus, it is important to gain information about the criminal defense process and what options you might have. This could ultimately help the accused reduce or dismiss the charges against them, helping them avoid harsh penalties.