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Two Iowa residents face multiple drug charges

Being suspected of wrongdoings is bad in itself. Being accused of a crime based on these suspicions could result in serious repercussions. When police officers suspect that an individual or a group of people are currently or intend to break the law, they may step in and act on these suspicions. If probable cause exists, officers could issue a search warrant, allowing them to collect evidence to charge an individual with a crime. If a search results in the seizure of drugs, this will result in drug charges. However, these charges will only remain if authorities went through the proper steps to obtain this evidence and arrest the offender.

According to recent reports, authorities in Iowa arrested two individuals from Spirit Lake for drug charges. Preliminary reports reveal that a search warrant was obtained and executed at a residence. During this search, officers uncovered a plant believed to be marijuana. Additionally, drug paraphernalia, firearms and a large amount of money were also located.

The two individuals were arrested and charged with the possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, unlawful possession of a prescription drug and possession of drug paraphernalia. This amounts to a class D felony, a serious misdemeanor and a simple misdemeanor. In conjunction, these charges add up to serious penalties if a conviction results.

Those facing multiple drug charges should understand that they have defense options. When a search warrant is issued, it is important to question its legality and whether officers complied with it. If any steps were missed, this could mean an unlawful search and seizure occurred. This could ultimately help the accused have the charges reduced or dismissed altogether.

Source: Sioux City Journal, "Two Spirit Lake residents charged on felony drug charges," Earl Horlyk, Jan. 22, 2018

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