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Man receives drug possession charges after raid

A 22-year-old California man was taken into police custody on June 5 after police executed a search warrant at his home in Coachella. During the search, officers and deputies from the Coachella Valley Violent Crime Gang Task Force seized more than one ounce of cocaine, an unknown amount of marijuana and $12,000 in cash.

The search of the accused man's Genoa Street home was conducted at about 5 p.m. After the raid, the man was booked into the Riverside County jail in Indio on suspicion of possession of cocaine and marijuana with intent to sell. Court records indicate that the man was held until June 7 when he was released on $70,000 bail.

When authorities conduct a raid like the one in this case, they are obligated to secure a valid search warrant and inform the accused person of their rights. If police officers do not act lawfully while executing a search warrant, the evidence that they obtain from a residence could be inadmissible in court. In some cases, defendants accused of drug crimes are able to have their charges dropped by proving that the investigation or the raid that led to their charges was unlawful.

A criminal defense attorney may in some cases help a defendant who is facing drug charges after a search and seizure. Even if there were no problems with the search warrant, an attorney may be able to have the charges reduced through negotiating a plea arrangement with the prosecution.

Source: Palm Desert Patch, "Coachella Man Arrested for Drug Possession," Alexander Nguyen, June 7, 2015

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