When a Virginia police officer stops a driver for an alleged traffic violation, he or she may request to search the person's vehicle. In some cases, this could lead to criminal charges, depending on what the officer reportedly finds. One man is facing several drug charges in addition to other charges after he was recently pulled over.
According to the state trooper, the man was stopped for not having a state inspection sticker on his windshield. Upon speaking with the man, the officer claimed that he could smell marijuana from the vehicle. After conducting a roadside search, the officer reported that he discovered 5 pounds of marijuana, six concealed firearms, thousands of dollars in cash and illegal prescription drugs in the car. The man was then arrested.
Following the arrest, a warrant was obtained to search the man's home. Police allege that they found more marijuana and other drug paraphernalia there. He has since been charged with one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and six counts of possessing a concealed weapon without a valid permit, as well as several other drug and traffic offenses.
Because this man has been accused of multiple crimes, he is likely working with an attorney to determine the best course of action for his defense. Those facing similar drug charges may consider consulting an experienced Virginia criminal defense attorney for counsel on the best way to proceed. An attorney could help a client better understand the charges he or she is facing, work toward protecting the client's rights and assist in future legal matters that may result from the charges.
Source: wsls.com, "Radford man facing charges for illegal drugs and weapons", Jessica Jewell, June 25, 2017