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Random police warrant search leads to two arrests

Defendants facing drug charges in Kentucky must take the charges seriously. The penalties for such crimes can be very stiff. In fact, they carry the harshest penalties for non-violent crimes in the state. In addition, a drug crime charge on a person’s record could have lifelong negative effects. A proper defense should always look at the actions of law enforcement and whether a person’s rights were violated during the arrest and evidence collection.

Two women both face drug charges and are currently in jail awaiting trial. The two women, one 33-years-old and one 30-years-old, were arrested during the same investigation. Law enforcement was in the area searching for individuals with active warrants when they came upon the pair. The 33-year-old was charged with buying and possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree possession of heroin. The 30-year-old was charged with third-degree possession and first-degree trafficking for allegedly selling approximately 0.5 grams of heroin to the 33-year-old, along with tampering with evidence.

Law enforcement noticed a suspicious situation at a home which led them to enter the home and conduct a search with the permission of a resident of the home. Upon entering the residence, law enforcement found the 33-year-old with heroin in her possession. She admitted it was hers and stated she bought it from the 30-year-old, who was outside in a vehicle. Law enforcement then approached the 30-year-old, conducted a search of her purse, which uncovered evidence of her possible involvement, and they then made their arrests.

It is important in a case like this that individuals understand their rights before they speak to law enforcement. It is always a good idea for individuals to request legal counsel when approached by law enforcement before making any statements, especially those that could lead to arrest.

Source: The Richmond Register, “Two Richmond women facing drug charges,” Register staff report, Feb. 24, 2017

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