There are many different things police conduct traffic stops in relation to. One such thing are seatbelt violations. Sometimes, during a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation or some other traffic violation, police observe or detect something that leads to them conducting a vehicle search. Such searches sometimes result in individuals facing drug crime allegations. This can be seen in a drug crime case that has recently come up in Wilmington.
In the case, multiple charges, including charges of PCP possession and drug paraphernalia possession have been brought against a man. The charges came out of a traffic stop and vehicle search police conducted on Saturday.
That evening, a vehicle that was traveling along North 30th Street was pulled over by police. Police pulled the vehicle over in connection to a purported seatbelt violation. The above-mentioned man was in this vehicle.
According to authorities, police then detected a marijuana smell originating from the vehicle. This led to police searching the vehicle. Authorities say that PCP and some empty packages were found during this search.
This case illustrates one of the types of drug charges that are sometimes brought against individuals: drug possession charges. Facing a drug possession charge can be a serious matter. Life-changing punishments can be given to a person in connection to a conviction on such a charge.
If a person is facing a drug possession charge or other drug charges, they should think about obtaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Having a strong advocate protecting one’s rights can be very important in matters as impactful as drug crime cases.
Source: WECT, “Man charged for drug possession during traffic stop for seatbelt violation,” Nov. 4, 2013