A traffic stop can result in charges for more than a ticket or citation for a nonworking headlight. If probable cause exists, an officer in Kentucky can search a vehicle that has been stopped. There was one such instance around noon on a recent Saturday that involved a possible seizure of the drug known as drug known as meth, or methamphetamine.
Illegal drug trafficking and manufacture remains a very serious issue in the state. A driver was recently pulled over in an unspecified traffic stop. As the officer approached his vehicle, the driver allegedly tried to conceal evidence by swallowing drugs that may have been illegal. The officer reportedly found a not insignificant amount of methamphetamine, cash and digital scales after executing a search of the vehicle.
The driver has been charged with attempting to conceal evidence, illegal drug trafficking and resisting arrest. Upon further investigation, it was found that the man had two outstanding warrants for failure to appear for hearings in neighboring counties. He is being held in a county detention center according to the Boyle County Sheriff’s office.
A person who is arrested and charged with a crime in the state of Kentucky is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law. Possession of meth with an intent to sell is a serious offense. The burden of proof lies with the prosecution and must be supported by the evidence presented. There are procedures and processes that must be observed in the gathering of such evidence. An experienced criminal defense attorney can assist a client by informing him or her of one’s rights and working to ensure that those rights are upheld throughout the criminal justice process.