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Traffic stop in California lead to drug charges

Anyone who is traveling on the public roadways must ensure the vehicle they are driving is legal. Anything that isn't up to par might lead to a traffic stop by police. When police stop a vehicle for traffic violations, they sometimes notice other issues that must be addressed. For one 52-year-old man, driving on Interstate 8 without taillights lead to a police stop that resulted in the man being arrested on drug charges in California.

The incident occurred at around 2:20 a.m., when the two-man team of police noticed a white Suzuki SUV going eastbound near Gordon's Well Road. The SUV didn't have taillights, so the officers initiated a traffic stop. It was then discovered that the man didn't have a driver's license.

Officers notices a package on the passenger floorboard that allegedly had a small amount of meth. They subsequently searched the SUV and found a 2.36-pound package of marijuana on the rear left seat. They also found a 6.1-gram package of meth on the floorboard by the driver.

The man was taken the county jail where he faces seven possible drug charges. His SUV was impounded. He now has to answer to any charges placed against him.

Drug charges carry significant penalties. Seeking the assistance of a California criminal defense attorney might help you to determine the best way to answer the charges to have the best chance at a positive outcome. It's important to remember that just because someone was arrested on drug charges does not necessarily mean he or she is guilty. The prosecution must prove guilt in court beyond a reasonable doubt.

Source: Yuma Sun, "California Highway Patrol arrests Yuma man on drug charges" Chris McDaniel, Feb. 05, 2014

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