Many people believe that drug use is the root of many other crimes, including assaults, robberies and other violent crimes. Because of this, news stories about drug crimes and drug arrests are popular with various media outlets, but this can have very negative repercussions for the alleged offenders.
According to reports, a recent drug arrest in North Carolina came after a traffic stop was executed on June 24. The couple had reportedly been the target of a surveillance operation prior to the stop. Deputies searched the couple's vehicle and reportedly found drugs and a large amount of cash. Officers seized a total of 231 prescription oxycodone pills, in both 30 mg and 10 mg amounts, worth an approximate $3,400. The amount of the cash was $1,700, and deputies also seized the couple's 2005 Ford F-150.
According to reports, the investigation got its start after other area residents complained to police about drug activity and alleged the couple's involvement. The woman was previously arrested on June 4 for possession with intent to manufacture, trafficking opium and sale or delivery of a Schedule 4 controlled substance. Reports did not indicate the charges for the most recent arrest, but the woman's bond amount was $300,000. Her husband's was reported at $250,000.
When someone is named in news reports as being involved in criminal activity, the general public may forget that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and begin to make assumptions about the person's character or behavior. These damaged reputations can continue to follow the person even if the charges were dropped or the person was found not guilty. Talking with a criminal defense attorney as soon as you are aware you are under investigation or have been arrested can help you protect your reputation and your freedom.
Source: WNCN, "North Carolina couple busted for trafficking drugs," June 24, 2015