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Man faces drug charges after probation check

One Florida man is again facing drug charges after a probation check by the Winter Haven Police allegedly found the 33-year-old man in the presence of drugs, cash and drug paraphernalia. The man has a history of domestic violence battery, DUI, resisting arrest, drug possession, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

Winter Haven Police came to the man's home on April 17, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. alongside a state probation officer. When they entered the home, they said that they saw a baggie of white powder sitting openly on the counter near a digital scale and then found $3,121 in cash in the man's bedroom. The police obtained a search warrant for additional investigation and say they discovered an array of drugs in the home. Police claim that they found 23.7 grams of powder cocaine, 39.79 ounces of marijuana, 14.2 grams of MDMA and 451.7 grams of a white powder that reportedly tested positive for cocaine, as well as quantities of ecstasy, Xanax and tapentadol.

The man was arrested and accused of drug charges, including possession of cocaine with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of over 10 grams of MDMA, possession of cannabis with intent to sell within 1,000 feet of a church, possession of prescription drugs without a prescription and maintaining a structure for controlled substances.

People accused of drug charges in Florida could face severe consequences if convicted, including jail or prison time, costly fines, invasive probation requirements and a damaging felony criminal record. Working with a criminal defense attorney might be critical in making a strong case defending oneself against these charges. A lawyer may be able to challenge improper police practices and illegally obtained evidence that form the basis of some drug cases. An attorney might work to dismiss the charges, win victory at trial or negotiate other options to minimize penalties.

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