A couple in Virginia was detained by police in January 2020 on suspicion of drug possession. Virginia State Police took the couple into custody in Albemarle County, and they were booked into Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The police were in the process of executing a search warrant when they detained the couple. A 23-year-old man was charged with possession of a firearm by a non-violent felon, possession of a firearm with the possession of Schedule I or II drugs and possession with the intention to distribute more than 100 grams of meth. A 34-year-old woman was charged with possession of a firearm with the possession of a Schedule II drug and possession with the intention to distribute more than 100 grams of meth.
After detaining the couple, police conducted a search and seizure. The police seized 4,524 grams, the equivalent of 10.1 pounds, of meth. The meth has an estimated street value of $440,000. A handgun, two shotguns and a rifle were also seized during the operation.
As a response to the growing drug epidemic in the United States, lawmakers are increasing the consequences for drug crimes. Prison time, loss of driving privileges, probation and hefty fines may all result if a person is convicted of drug possession or sales. Those who are accused of committing a crime must receive fair representation to ensure that their rights aren’t violated during the justice process.
Police must have obtained the search warrants properly before executing a search and seizure for the drugs and weapons found during the raid to be admissible in court. In this case, police were executing a search warrant when the couple was found. If areas were searched other than those listed on the warrant, the items found may not be admissible in court, and the charges might be reduced or dismissed.