Drug charges do not often happen with a police officer spotting a person with a joint or a pipe. Many charges of drug possession come from a discovery during another type of law enforcement intervention. It is common in Georgia for traffic stops to evolve into drug charges.
People charged with drug possession do not often exonerate themselves by trying to ditch drugs or related paraphernalia. Deputies in Cherokee County attempted a stop over a driver's failure to stay in his lane, only to notice the driver failed to stop.
The deputy driving the pursuit car reported the driver attempting to dump a substance out of a sandwich bag held out the car's window. Another deputy stopped the car and found a sandwich bag still containing methamphetamine.
The discovery led to a raid on the driver's home in Woodstock, which turned up a large quantity of methamphetamine and three other suspects in the building. The driver faces an array of charges related to the traffic stop and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute.
The other three suspects face trafficking charges after being found working with the stash in the driver's home. They may pay for their association with a fine or up to 30 years in prison, as there is no misdemeanor charge regarding possession of methamphetamine.
Anyone facing charges of drug possession has the right to legal representation at any time, including during questioning by law enforcement authorities or appearances in court. A lawyer may also be able to work with prosecutors to reduce charges.