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Routine traffic stop quickly turns into serious drug arrest

The story of a West Virginia man arrested on drug charges began as so many do: with a traffic stop. The 31-year-old was driving when a West Virginia State trooper stopped for expired license plates on the vehicle.

The man showed the trooper his out-of-state driver’s license. The media report we read on the arrest did not disclose why a Drug Enforcement Agency agent arrived on the scene of the traffic stop, but there he was, asking the driver questions. A police dog was there, too, and it apparently indicated that the vehicle contained drugs.

Law enforcement searched the vehicle and found several dozen oxymorphone pills and 136 roxycodone pills as well. The Huntington man was charged with possession of controlled substances with the intent to deliver.

The Herald-Dispatch news report did not indicate if the man had a prescription for either of the painkillers.

In similar cases, experienced criminal defense attorneys look carefully at search and seizure procedures used by law enforcement, whether probable cause existed and whether a suspect’s rights were explained and observed by police. All of these involve constitutional rights that, when violated by law enforcement, can mean criminal charges are dropped by prosecutors.

At the Law Office of P. Zachary Stewart, our firm is devoted to understanding the unique circumstances of your arrest, the evidence in your case and the charges you face. If you have made a mistake, our firm negotiates with prosecutors for a favorable plea agreement. If the best result can be obtained at trial, we fight in court to protect your interests and freedom.

Please see our page devoted to criminal defense for more information about how we help clients across the Ohio Valley and Western Pennsylvania.

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