Two Florida residents were taken into police custody on March 23 after authorities raided their home after executing a search warrant. The residents were identified as a 25-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman. A 2-year-old child was also discovered during the raid but was turned over to family.
The search warrant was executed at about 5 a.m. at a home located on the 500 block of Southwest Lakehurst Drive in Port St. Lucie. While the search was taking place, authorities claimed that the man attempted to flush cocaine down the toilet and tried to throw a bag of the drug out of the house onto the patio. In addition to seizing cocaine, authorities also recovered heroin pills, pre-packaged marijuana, drug paraphernalia and two handguns.
The man was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana with intent to sell and tampering with evidence, among other charges. The woman was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Both individuals were taken into custody.
Drug crimes can have serious consequences for those who are convicted, including long jail sentences, rehabilitation, probation and major fines. A criminal law attorney may work to defend the person against the charges. Depending on the circumstances, the attorney may argue that the person’s home or vehicle was illegally searched if the authorities did not have a search warrant or probable cause. The attorney may also create doubt about the evidence that was supposedly recovered during the seizure, especially if the authorities did not follow proper procedure or violated the person’s constitutional rights.
Source: TC Palm, “2 charged in Port St. Lucie after drug raid“, March 23, 2017