On Aug. 31, Virginia authorities arrested a man and a woman for allegedly possessing illegal drugs and alcohol. The defendants were taken into custody in Floyd County.
According to media reports, law enforcement officers from the Floyd County Sheriff's Office and the Virginia State Police executed a search warrant at a property on the 100 block of Sams Road. The warrant was obtained as the result of a long-term drug investigation.
During the ensuing search, officers allegedly uncovered a sizable amount of cocaine and marijuana. In addition, over 60 gallons of suspected illegal alcohol were discovered. One firearm was also seized. Because so much illegal alcohol was found, officers called in the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to assist with the investigation. The male defendant was arrested and held without bond. The female defendant was arrested and held in lieu of a $2,500 bond.
People charged with drug crimes could be sentenced to prison and assessed heavy fines in the event they are convicted. However, individuals facing charges like cocaine or marijuana possession might help their situation by exercising their right to remain silent and contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as they can. An attorney could review the arrest record to see if officers violated the defendant's constitutional rights during the search and seizure process. If they did, all seized evidence could be deemed inadmissible and the case could be thrown out of court. Legal counsel could also challenge the prosecution's evidence and develop a defense against the allegations, which could cause the charges being reduced or dismissed.
Source: WSLS, "Two arrested, more than 60 gallons of illegal alcohol, cocaine, marijuana seized in Floyd County", Jeff Williamson, Sept. 5, 2018