According to police in Sampson County, North Carolina, three people were taken into custody after a traffic stop on Interstate 40. Authorities initially pulled over the vehicle that the individuals were in for a traffic violation. During a search of the vehicle, police found 17 pounds of cocaine. There was no mention as to what gave police probable cause to search the vehicle.
It resulted in a 27-year-old and 35-year-old man being charged with conspiracy to traffic cocaine. Their bond was set at $1 million each. A 41-year-old man was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to deliver or sell it in addition to cocaine trafficking. His bond was also set at $1 million. The sheriff praised the deputies for their work in finding the drugs and taking the alleged dealers off the street.
Individuals who are charged with a drug crime such as possessing a controlled substance could face many years in prison. It may also be possible to spend time on probation in addition to any time spent behind bars. Other penalties that could be imposed on those convicted of a drug charge may include fines or community service. Those who are facing charges may wish to dispute them in an effort to obtain a favorable outcome in their cases.
An attorney may be able to assist an individual in achieving that goal. For instance, it may be possible to cast doubt on witness or police testimony or cast doubt on physical evidence used to charge an individual. An attorney could also move to have evidence suppressed on the basis that the traffic stop was conducted improperly. This may result in having the charges dropped.