Investigations into the drug trade often involve numerous law enforcement agencies. Investigators also rely on information from those inside an organization and from civilian tips. Probable cause and search warrants may be obtained with the slightest evidence, and some police are not above using unethical means to improve the chances that a judge will grant such a warrant. Tennessee police recently arrested a man on drug charges and are not sharing how the investigation into his alleged activities came about.
Officials say an extensive investigation led to the search of the man's house and his subsequent arrest, but they declined to give details. Police reports show the search yielded 59 pounds of marijuana, $9,570 in cash and 10 guns. Tennessee authorities also confiscated a boat and a tractor from the man's property.
The 38-year-old man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession with intent to sell marijuana and money laundering. The charges resulted from a search warrant executed by county drug police with the help of numerous city and county task forces and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The man was released from jail after posting a $210,000 bond.
Despite noble police efforts to keep the streets free from drug activity, those facing drug charges still have rights that must be defended. The type and quantity of drugs allegedly found in a search affect the penalties a suspect may face. Of course, a felony level money laundering charge certainly requires a strong defense strategy, and those subject to such charges would be wise to seek experienced legal counsel.
Source: columbiadailyherald.com, "Mt. Pleasant bust nets 59 pounds of marijuana", Mike Christen, Sept. 18, 2017