Georgia, along with other states, takes a strong stance against drug charges. Thus, law enforcement sets up operations specifically geared towards uncovering drug rings or trafficking operations. While even minor possession charges could mean serious penalties, facing drug trafficking charges could mean severe penalties that could impact the accused for the rest of their life.
According to recent reports, authorities in Georgia arrested three individuals on drug charges during a sting operation in Scott County. Police indicated that one of the three is considered a major distributor of methamphetamine in the region, which includes Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. Supposedly, law enforcement was informed that the 22-year-old was delivering an ounce of meth from Atlanta. Officers then arranged for an undercover informant to make a purchase from him in Weber City.
Following the exchange of drugs and money, deputies in the area conducted a traffic stop. This prompted a search, which resulted in officers allegedly uncovering five grams of meth, scales, syringes and money that resulted from the drug deal. The man was arrested and charged with selling or distributing more than 10 grams of methamphetamine. The two other occupants of the vehicle were arrested and charged with the same crimes.
When a sting operation, traffic stop or both incidents result in drug charges, it is important to understand how the details of the search and arrest could be used in the defense process. If an illegal stop occurred, this could be used to suppress evidence, reduce charges or even dismiss them altogether.
Initiating a criminal defense against drug offenses may seem like an obvious step to take; however, it can be an overwhelming and confusing time, especially for those that have never faced criminal charges. Thus, it can be beneficial to gain a better understanding of the matter through legal consultation. A legal professional can help a defendant understand their rights and options as they move forward with a timely and aggressive defense.