As the economy slowly rights itself, more and more North Carolina residents are finding new employment opportunities. Applicants are brushing off and updating their resumes in hopes of landing their dream job and a chance to bring a steady income to their budget. However, what happens when a job applicant has a criminal record? Can something that you did years ago ruin your chance for employment?
Without traffic stops, drug enforcement officers would have far fewer arrests. In North Carolina and nationwide, most everyone who drives with a cache of drugs in a car seems to have an uncanny predilection for speeding, having a break light out or some other traffic violation that will loudly invite the police to stop the vehicle, which more often than not then results in a search and an arrest on drug charges. The other major way in which drug violators invite being arrested is their unquenchable habit of smoking marijuana in the vehicle while driving with illegal contraband.
Back on June 5, University of North Carolina basketball star leading scorer, P.J. Hairston, was arrested at a traffic stop for misdemeanor marijuana and driving without a license charges. That North Carolina arrest also raised eyebrows and suspicions when it was discovered that the car the player was driving was rented by a convicted felon who was facing a pending drug charge and a weapons charge. A 9mm handgun was found on the ground outside the car but there were two passengers in the car and no arrest was made on the gun.
A massive investigation spearheaded by federal investigators and announced by a United States Attorney always makes for good press releases. Another large-scale, multi-year, joint-agency investigation in the dogged war against drugs has resulted in 17 people being arrested on drug charges in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. This project involves methamphetamine and its manufacture and distribution in the region. The announcement by the United States Attorney for the Western District was joined by the federal ATF agency and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, along with several county Sheriffs. The charges included conspiracy to distribute, possession with intent to distribute, and manufacture more than 500 grams of methamphetamine.
Sometimes stopping a vehicle can be a part of a planned drug operation. It's generally not how drug charges are usually initiated in North Carolina, but occasionally the police will pull over a vehicle that they have probable cause to believe is transporting illegal drugs. However, such activity raises the usual issues about the necessity for arrest and search warrants and the validity of the procedures used.
An air of suspicion accompanies an arrest by the North Carolina Highway Patrol that was labeled a routine traffic stop. A couple was stopped and arrested on drug charges on Interstate 40/85. They were charged by a special operations unit with the Highway Patrol whose spokesman said they 'just happened' to be working in the vicinity. The Criminal Interdiction Team works on highways enforcing traffic safety laws and specializes in finding drugs, illegal weapons and wanted individuals, according to its spokesman.
New Hanover County police have arrested three people after allegedly catching them in a drug deal. The three were apprehended by police after an officer saw one of the men dealing drugs out of the back entrance of a local Chick-fil-a restaurant. Police allege the restaurant employee was dealing heroin from the restaurant. All three are now facing several drug charges.
In an ironic twist of fate, a Fayetteville, North Carolina prison guard has been arrested on drug charges. Members of the Fayetteville Police Department arrested the 50-year-old guard and two of his counterparts at his home last Wednesday. The Samsung Correctional Institute employee now faces charges associated with the trafficking of heroin.
Drug charges can negatively affect educational opportunities and employment prospects. Many job applications ask for detailed information about any previous criminal history, including any drug charges. Prospective employers may require a detailed background check before even considering you for an interview. If you have a drug conviction on your record, it can be embarrassing and discouraging. It can also make getting a job in North Carolina very difficult.