Police in Florida have reported that a 32-year-old man and 37-year-old woman were taken into custody on a raft of drug charges on Dec. 15 after significant quantities of marijuana, cocaine, heroin and prescription medications were discovered during the search of a Brevard County residence. Reports indicate that the search warrant was executed by officers from the Cocoa Police Department’s Special Investigation Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The warrant was issued after a month-long investigation led SIU officers to believe that the Lemon Street house was being used to sell marijuana. When officers arrived at the residence, the man is said to have admitted that he was in possession of marijuana. Police say that they discovered several bags of the drugs in a stand-alone freezer and cocaine, heroin and prescription drugs including Xanax in one of the bedrooms. The woman allegedly told officers that the drugs found in the bedroom were hers.

According to reports, police recovered 400 grams of marijuana, 11 grams of cocaine, 14 grams of heroin and more than 100 pills. The woman has been charged with drug possession and trafficking and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. The man has been charged with marijuana possession and violating his parole.

Individuals facing serious drug crime charges sometimes believe that being completely candid with police officers will lead to more lenient treatment, but it often only serves to provide prosecutors with the evidence they need to prove their cases beyond reasonable doubt. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may understand that prosecutors are often reluctant to go to trial unless their cases are compelling, and they could be more willing to reduce drug charges in return for a speedy resolution when law enforcement has not provided them with a confession.

Source: Florida Today, “Drug trafficking bust nets 400g marijuana, 14g of heroin”, Tess Sheets, Dec. 18, 2017

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