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2 facing drug charges after Iowa home search

Criminal drug charges in Iowa, as in other states, range in severity depending on the amount and kind of the drug in question. Whether you are accused of possession of drug paraphernalia or a more serious crime such as drug conspiracy, you should speak with a criminal defense attorney before you disclose any information to authorities.

Two Iowa residents are likely weighing their legal options after a recent home search in Spirit Lake. Police reportedly executed a search warrant on May 31 at the residence where the two individuals live. During the search, police claim to have found 22 marijuana and methamphetamine pipes.

The search also allegedly turned up snort tubes, syringes, torches, a marijuana grinder, a scale and prescription pills. A news report doesn’t indicate why police obtained a warrant to search the residence.

The 47-year-old man and 51-year-old woman have both been charged with possession of prescription drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, all misdemeanors.

In many cases, police overstep their bounds when searching a person or a person’s property. Authorities must have probable cause to conduct a search and seizure, and any illegally seized evidence should be suppressed. If your home or car has been searched by police, then you should speak with a defense attorney about your legal options as soon as possible.

Every drug case is different, and every case requires a carefully crafted defense. Regardless of the situation, the least beneficial thing a defendant can do is simply let the prosecution have its way. A criminal defense attorney can assess the charges against you and challenge the prosecution’s evidence.

Source: Sioux City Journal, "CRIME WATCH: 22 drug pipes found inside Spirit Lake home, police say," Molly Montag, June 2, 2014

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