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North Carolina residents face drug charges in marijuana bust

According to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Asheville, North Carolina, two men face federal drug charges including possession, distribution and trafficking. Authorities said police officers discovered 1,400 pounds of marijuana at an estimated street value of approximately $1.8 million at a Candler, North Carolina, residence and in a vehicle driven by one of the accused men. Authorities believe this bust represents the largest amount of marijuana ever seized in Buncombe County.

Police officers arrested the pair on Friday following an investigation fueled by recorded telephone calls, surveillance and the assistance of a cooperating defendant. According to the complaint, police officers stopped a vehicle driven by one of the defendants and confiscated about 40 pounds of marijuana which was stored in a cardboard box in the car's rear seat. Later that same day, the police executed a search warrant at the home of the second defendant and seized two garbage bags containing marijuana as well as a handgun without a serial number and various pieces of drug trafficking paraphernalia.

Police officers also allegedly discovered 23 blocks of marijuana in a parked trailer along with an additional 111 blocks of the drug in a small rental truck. The complaint indicates these additional items were discovered outside of the main residence. Severe drug charges like trafficking carry serious penalties such as a $10 million fine and a mandatory sentence of five years imprisonment.

As in other drug possession or distribution cases, it's important that the rights of these men are carefully preserved from the moment of arrest throughout any subsequent courtroom proceedings. A good criminal defense lawyer with experience handling severe drug charges can help by making sure the search and seizure process along with any arrests was handled within the limits of the law. No matter the charges, every American citizen has the right to a fair trial and a good defense.

Source:  Citizen Times, "Arrests made in largest Buncombe pot seizure" Clarke Morrison, Mar. 11, 2014

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