Police searches can have a wide variety of results. When authorities in North Carolina suspect that unlawful activities are taking place, a search warrant will likely be sought. However, even when this step is taken and evidence is collected, this does not necessarily mean that all proper measures were taken. Thus, when a defendant is charged with crimes related to the search that was conducted, this does not mean this evidence will remain. Additionally, if evidence is dropped, a defendant could face lesser or no charges.
A recent search of a home resulted in the arrest of three individuals, two if them teens, in Wayne County. According to North Carolina authorities, information was provided to the Wayne County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team that illegal narcotics and firearms were at the home of a local woman.
When authorities arrived at the home of the 24-year-old woman, authorities reported that they could smell marijuana coming from inside the house. Once inside the home, authorities located three females, two males and three small children. Those inside the home were detained and authorities supposedly received written permission to search the home. This search resulted in two firearms, marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia being located.
Police discovered that the firearms located were stolen from the City of Goldsboro; however, it was confirmed that it was not the property of a Goldsboro police officer. Following this search a 17-year-old male, an 18-year-old male and the 24-year-old female homeowner were arrested. The 17-year-old faces charges for possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The 18-year-old was charged with the same crimes. Finally, the 24-year-old female was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
While facing drug crimes can be a serious situation, defendants should understand that not all searches that result in the uncovering of drugs and other evidence are always legal. It is possible to challenge these searches and even the evidence that was collected. This could help the accused suppress evidence, reduce the charges against them and help them avoid harsh penalties.
Source: wncn.com, “3 arrested, including 2 teens, on stolen gun, drug charges in Goldsboro,” Nov. 2, 2017