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Actress Alicia Silverstone's brother facing drug charges

A marijuana raid in Northern California led to drug charges being filed against actress Alicia Silverstone's 43-year-old brother. The man was detained in Redwood Valley and then released approximately one hour afterwards on $25,000 bond. He is facing charges of cultivating and processing marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

Prior to Silverstone's arrest, police had encountered former POW Bowe Bergdahl when they raided the same Redwood Valley ranch for drugs on July 21. During the first raid, authorities seized 181 marijuana plants from the property and brought Bergdahl back to his base. Bergdahl was not charged for a crime for the incident and reportedly told authorities that he was visiting some friends. He is facing other charges related to allegations that he deserted the U.S. Army in 2009.

Police are in most cases not allowed to enter a person's private residence and seize property unless they have a valid search warrant. When detaining someone during a raid, police officers must explain what rights the person has and conduct themselves in a lawful manner. Before getting a search warrant for a drug raid, authorities are obligated to use legal investigation methods to obtain evidence.

A person who is facing drug charges after a raid may want to work with an attorney to determine if any aspects of the investigation or search were unlawful. If police officers stepped outside of their legal boundaries at any point, some of the evidence that was seized may not be admissible in court. The suppression of key pieces of evidence can sometimes be enough to have charges dropped.

Source: Inside Edition, "Alicia Silverstone's Brother Arrested for Drug Possession During Raid," July 27, 2015

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