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Man charged with drug and gun possession following traffic stop

On April 16, a 23-year-old Texas man was taken into police custody for drug possession. Pinehurst authorities stated that he was accused of the drug charges following a traffic stop.

The accused man was pulled over at about 11 a.m. near the East Martin Street and Strickland Drive intersection. The police officer conducting the stop allegedly found probable cause to search the vehicle, during which he found what was believed to be marijuana. After the man was taken to the Orange County Correctional Facility, another search of the vehicle turned up two handguns. It was believed that one of the handguns was stolen.

He was ultimately charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of a firearm. If he is convicted on all of the charges, he could potentially face a maximum sentence of two years in state jail and a maximum $10,000 fine. The Pinehurst Police Department reported that this incident was related to multiple ongoing drug distribution cases that were going on throughout the city.

Before authorities can search a person's vehicle or home, they must have the person's permission, probable cause or a warrant. If they search a vehicle without one of those things, any evidence that they find may potentially not be used in court. Otherwise, the legal consequences for a conviction on a drug charge can be severe in Texas. Depending on the type of drug and the amount, a person could be facing a prison sentence, fines and a period of probation once they finish their prison time. A criminal law attorney may challenge the search that led to the seizure of the drugs as being unconstitutional in some cases.

Source: 12 News Now, "Stolen gun, marijuana sends Orange man to jail on Easter Sunday", Scott Eslinger, April 17, 2017

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