Three individuals face charges related to drugs in California after police served a search warrant recently. Police said in addition to finding drugs during a drug bust, they found weapons and illegal explosives tied to the individuals. The three individuals facing drug charges, however, are presumed innocent unless and until proved guilty in a criminal court.
Deputies said they served the warrant on a recent Thursday at one house. In the home, they reportedly discovered illegal weapons as well as drug paraphernalia. These included an explosive device that was homemade as well as sellable quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana.
Two men, ages 25 and 27, were jailed on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia as well as being under a controlled substance's influence. The older man was additionally named a felon who possessed a device considered to be destructive along with ammunition; he was kept in jail in lieu of bail. Meanwhile, the younger man was jailed on suspicion of possessing a drug to sell along with an illegal weapon; he was also kept in jail. The 19-year-old woman was jailed on suspicion of drug impairment and was later released.
The individuals' drug charges must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, these California defendants cannot be convicted. Convictions on these types of drug charges may lead to penalties such as jail time or fines. The main focus for a criminal defense may be to challenge the evidence that the prosecution intends to present in court to support the criminal charges.
Source: Santee, CA, Patch, "Bust Yields Drugs, Explosives, Weapons", Mirna Alfonso, July 3, 2015