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5 charged with meth, firearms possession

Five Florida residents were taken into custody on Aug. 8 following the execution of a search warrant at a New Port Richey residence. Authorities said that meth, firearms and a variety of Nazi propaganda was recovered during the search.

Approximately 12 grams of meth along with a variety of opiates were discovered in addition to drug packaging materials and drug use materials such as needles and spoons. The weapons that were found included a rifle and several pistols plus holsters and ammunition. The Nazi propaganda consisted of oaths, rules and hierarchy materials. Authorities also said they recovered hundreds of pages of bank accounts, personal identification information, credit cards and a variety of ID cards. Further, they also found vehicle titles and insurance cards. A stolen vehicle was found nearby.

Two of the five individuals were reportedly members of the Aryan Brotherhood. They were identified as a 31-year-old man and a 33-year-old man. The other three individuals were identified as a 24-year-old woman, a 47-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man. All five were charged with possession of meth with intent to distribute, possession of opiates, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a firearm by a felon.

When multiple people are accused of being involved in the same drug crimes, it is possible that a person who was not involved could be facing charges. A criminal law attorney may work to build a strong defense by analyzing the causes for the person's arrest and by determining whether or not the search warrant was legal. If the search warrant was in fact legal, the attorney may analyze the methods that the authorities used for gathering the evidence in order to potentially create doubt regarding the accused person's involvement in the case.

Source: International Business Times, "5 Arrested In Florida For Possession Of Meth, Had Nazi Propaganda", Joe Difazio, Aug. 9, 2017

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