When authorities show up at a person's residence with a search warrant, the resident may feel confused and concerned. He or she may wonder whether to let police in, if the warrant is valid or what rights he or she may have. Unfortunately, if authorities do conduct a search and discover incriminating evidence, that person could face charges for alleged drug crimes.
For one man in Utah, this type of scenario was all too real. Reports stated that police had begun an investigation into the man and eventually obtained a search warrant for his home. It was unclear what probable cause they had for obtaining the warrant. Nonetheless, authorities looked through the residence, and they allegedly found questionable substances that they submitted for testing.
A bag on the man's bed purportedly held a white substance that testing indicated as methamphetamine. Along with the substance, investigators reportedly also located drug paraphernalia, such as small baggies, a digital scale and a glass pipe. As a result, the man is currently facing charges for felony drug possession with intent to distribute as well as misdemeanor drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the time of the report, the man had been released from custody after meeting a $25,000 bail.
Facing charges for drug crimes may have this man reeling. Luckily, he does have rights when it comes to addressing the allegations that have been brought against him. In order to better understand those rights and his criminal defense options, he may wish to gain reliable information from local Utah legal resources.
Source: stgeorgeutah.com, "Southern Utah man charged with 1st-degree felony drug distribution", Kimberly Scott, March 21, 2018