In Milwaukee, and in most cities across the country, both state and federal laws restrict the possession of specific drugs. When people have been convicted of drug charges, such as drug possession, their personal and professional lives will likely be impacted. A drug conviction could affect the person's employment and education opportunities. The accused may not only face significant fines, court ordered treatment and prison, but also scrutiny from family, friends and neighbors.
Recently, a pharmacy technician was charged with various drug crimes, including unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, and possession of cannabis.
Authorities say a 26-year-old woman was pulled over after police received a call about a reckless driver. When police approached the car, they claim they smelled marijuana and observed a bag of marijuana inside the car. According to police, the woman was arrested and her car was searched. The search revealed $4,700 in cash and more than 2,300 prescription pills of Oxycontin, Hydrocodone and Adderall. The woman allegedly told police that she sold the pills for $2 each.
Someone who faces serious drug charges would be wise to begin planning a strong defense against the charges. One possible defense is that the police's search violated their due process and Fourth Amendment rights. If the police conducted an illegal search and violated the constitutional rights of the accused, the evidence the police found can be suppressed and prohibited from being used against them in court.
Individuals who are charged with drug possession may also deny that the drugs are theirs. It may be difficult for prosecutors to prove that a certain individual owned the drugs, especially if multiple people were inside a vehicle or home.
Source: Chicago Tribune, "Pharmacy tech faces drug charges over more than 2,300 pills," Deanese Williams-Harris, Aug. 3, 2012